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Anagramas -Rumbos y sentidos de la comunicación-

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ARUGUETE, Natalia  and  MUNIZ, Carlos. Communication Habits and Politics: Effects on Political Attitudes of Mexican Population. anagramas rumbos sentidos comun. [online]. 2012, vol.10, n.20, pp.129-146. ISSN 1692-2522.

A lot has been analyzed about the relationship between media and political attitudes in the field of political communication research. Studies are divided into those assuming that media coverage of politics declines the interest of citizens for politics and those affirming that media promote a higher civic and political commitment. If we assume that the relationship between media and public opinion is not a one-dimension one and there is not an only factor which encourages formation of attitudes towards politics, this article has analyzed the fourth ''Encuesta de Cultura Política y Prácticas Ciudadanas'' (ENCUP), conducted in Mexico in year 2008. A meaningful relationship was found among political speech, consumption of certain communication media, and political attitudes of population. Results allow opening a discussion about the effects of media on the generation of a political culture in the country.

Keywords : Media consumption; political speech; interest in politics; civic participation; political trust.

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