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College-Aged Survey Participants Indicate Last Night’s Presidential Debate Changed Minds and Influenced Their Support

MU political communication experts share results from multi-campus presidential debate-viewing parties

Sept. 27, 2016

Results of a debate-viewing study among college students reveal that Hillary Clinton outperformed Donald Trump in their first presidential debate. The study, which was coordinated by the University of Missouri’s Political Communication Institute (PCI), included a survey of 400 college students from around the country before and after the debate. Results of the survey indicate a more than 10 percent increase in the likelihood that those students surveyed will vote for Clinton.  Full Story
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Media Portray Veterans with Financial, Family Hardships, Rather Than Mentally Unstable, Study Finds

Veterans advocacy groups should promote positive veteran portrayals such as healing

Sept. 27, 2016

A prevailing belief by many American military veterans’ advocacy groups is that veterans all too often are portrayed in the media as mentally unstable or violent. However, a new study from the University of Missouri has found that while media often do perpetuate negative stereotypes of veterans, it is rare that veterans are portrayed as mentally unstable. Douglas Wilbur, a doctoral student at the MU School of Journalism, says understanding how veterans are being portrayed can help veterans’ groups promote positive veteran stories to help raise awareness for veterans issues.  Full Story
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