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Emotional Reactions to the 2016 General Election Debates

Resource Type
Dataset : experimental data
  • Fridkin, Kim (Arizona State University)
  • Gershon, Sarah Allen (Georgia State University)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
    • Award Number: 1650397
Free Keywords
Debates; Emotions; experiment
  • Abstract

    This experimental study examines emotional reactions to the first 2016 presidential debate (9/26/2016). Employing both pre/post-test questionnaires and facial recognition software, viewers reactions are tracked in real time during the debate and after the debate is over. Measures include, subject demographic characteristics, political attitudes and pre/post-test attitudes towards the candidates, as well as frame-by-frame tracking of emotional reactions during the debate in the experimental conditions.
  • Weighting

  • Technical Information

    Presence of Common Scales: Several Likert-type scales were used.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2016-09-26 / 2016-09-26
    Time Period: Mon Sep 26 00:00:00 EDT 2016--Mon Sep 26 00:00:00 EDT 2016
  • 2016-09-26 / 2016-09-26
    Collection Date(s): Mon Sep 26 00:00:00 EDT 2016--Mon Sep 26 00:00:00 EDT 2016
Geographic Coverage
  • Data collected at universities in the Southwestern and Southeastern US
Sampled Universe
Student sample

The student sample was recruited largely from undergraduate political science courses at the 2 sites. Students were randomly assigned to the experimental and control conditions.
Collection Mode
  • mixed mode;

  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/E109864V2

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-05-22

Fridkin, Kim; Gershon, Sarah Allen (2019): Emotional Reactions to the 2016 General Election Debates. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.