Attention to news media, emotional responses, and policy preferences about public health crisis: The case of fine dust pollution in south korea

Soohee Kim, Yong Chan Kim

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Abstract

This study examines how attention to science and political news may influence the way people feel about an environmental risk, and how this in turn impacts policy preferences. Using an online survey conducted on the issue of fine dust pollution in South Korea, this study found that science news attention was associated with greater anxiety and anger about the issue, whereas political news attention was associated with fear and sadness/depression (as well as anxiety and anger). Furthermore, mediation analysis showed that science news attention indirectly influenced support for preventive policy through anxiety, whereas political news attention indirectly influenced punitive policy support through anger and fear. Theoretical and practical implications of this study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number13325
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume18
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was supported by the Yonsei University Research Fund of 2021 (Grant No: 2021-22-0007).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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