From Persuasion to Deliberation: Do Experiences of Online Political Persuasion Facilitate Dialogic Openness?

Journal Article

Research has long considered the role interpersonal persuasion plays in shaping how citizens form their political opinions and cast their votes. Yet few studies have examined how experiences with online persuasion might influence broader deliberative orientations. We propose the “Persuasion-Openness” model, in which both attempting and being the target of online political persuasion encourage individuals to engage in online cross-cutting discussion with those who hold differing political views. These more deliberative exchanges are in turn associated with increased “dialogic openness”—a broader orientation toward political dialog. We test this model using original panel survey data collected during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Findings show that both types of persuasion experiences can indirectly lead to dialogic openness, by stimulating online cross-cutting discussion. However, the mediated pathway for those targeted for online persuasion is only significant in online environments with low levels of attitude-challenging information.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kwak, N; Lane, DS; Lee, SS; Liang, F; Weeks, BE

Published Date

  • July 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 642 - 664

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3810

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0093-6502

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0093650218793050


  • en