Can Saturday Night Live Affect How You Vote?

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Tina Fey changed attitudes with her Palin imitation:

Using panel data of young adults, we find evidence that exposure to Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin’s performance in the 2008 vice-presidential debate on Saturday Night Live is associated with changes in attitudes toward her selection as VP candidate and presidential vote intentions.

These effects are most pronounced among self-identified Independents and Republicans.

Source: “The Fey Effect, Young Adults, Political humour, and Perceptions of Sarah Palin in the 2008 Presidential Election Campaign” from Public Opinion Quarterly

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