New Publication: Citizens’ Acceptance of Data-Driven Political Campaigning


Sophie Minihold and Sophie Lecheler together with their Co-Authors published the new paper "Citizens’ Acceptance of Data-Driven Political Campaigning: A 25-Country Cross-National Vignette Study" in Social Science Computer Review. This work was supported by the NORFACE Joint Research Programme.

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This paper investigates how the acceptance of data-driven political campaigning depends on four different message characteristics. A vignette study was conducted in 25 countries with a total of 14,390 respondents who all evaluated multiple descriptions of political advertisements. Relying on multi-level models, we find that in particular the source and the issue of the message matters. Messages that are sent by a party the respondent likes and deal with a political issue the respondent considers important are rated more acceptable. Furthermore, targeting based on general characteristics instead of individual ones is considered more acceptable, as is a general call to participate in the upcoming elections instead of a specific call to vote for a certain party. Effects differ across regulatory contexts, with the negative impact of both individual targeting and a specific call to vote for a certain party being in countries that have higher levels of legislative regulation.