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News media consumption moderating effects on political and social trust: European cross national study

Ndongala, Levy News media consumption moderating effects on political and social trust: European cross national study. [DataSet]


This article explores the mediation effect of news media’s consumption on social and political trust of European citizens. Using the European Social Survey-2016(ESS8)- data collected between 2016 and 2017 through structured interview among 23 European countries, results show that political trust is associated with social trust. In turn, the relation is not moderated by news media consumption. The absence of the moderating effect of internet use can be explained by the increase access of internet in most of European countries, therefore, reducing the impact of socioeconomic resources on political participation or on trust. Similarly, the absence of effect of traditional news media can be explained by the fact that the negative effect of TV news consumption is counterbalanced by the positive effect of newspapers and reduce to none the general effect of traditional media consumption. Moreover, the findings reveal the influence of contextual factors-the year of study or social proximity - on the overall mediation effect. The year around the world economic recession, 2010 (ESS5), results show a significant moderating effect of news media consumption. Similar to year 2002 (ESS1), when most of the former URSS satellite countries and Russia did not participate in the survey, results indicate the existence of a moderating effect.

Research / Data Type: Text
Keywords: News media consumption, social trust, political trust, European Social Survey
DOI: 10.17030/uclan.data.00000393
Depositing User: Levy Ndongala
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2023 12:53
Revision: 19
URI: https://uclandata.uclan.ac.uk/id/eprint/393

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