RESEARCH COMMONS
LIBRARY

Hollywood To Hilltop: Does Celebrity Status Act As A Peripheral Cue In Voting Decisions

ResearchCommons/Manakin Repository

Hollywood To Hilltop: Does Celebrity Status Act As A Peripheral Cue In Voting Decisions

Show full item record

Title: Hollywood To Hilltop: Does Celebrity Status Act As A Peripheral Cue In Voting Decisions
Author: Torrey, Angela Beth
Abstract: Given the increase in Hollywood celebrities running for political office and the young adult population's cultural tendency to glorify the lives of celebrities, this research explored tenets of the Elaboration Likelihood Model (ELM) to determine whether celebrity status acts as a peripheral cue that makes thoughtful engagement of political candidates and their stances unlikely in young adult's voting decisions. Indeed, the results of this study found that celebrity status does serve as such a cue, in many cases making it more likely that a celebrity would be voted for and liked more, when compared to an otherwise-comparable candidate. Further applying ELM to celebrity status as a peripheral cue, the study examined what, if any, differences existed between participants who had a high versus low need for cognition as well as differing levels of political involvement. However, the findings do not show that need for cognition or level of political involvement significantly increased the use of celebrity status as a cue.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10106/940
Date: 2008-08-08

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
umi-uta-2027.pdf 651.6Kb PDF View/Open
651.6Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

Browse

My Account

Statistics

About Us