Criminal Justice Faculty Publishes Peer-Reviewed Article

Dr. Andrew Baranauskas (Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice) published a paper on the association between media consumption, protestor violence, and public attitudes towards the George Floyd protests of 2020.

The paper “News Media and Public Attitudes toward the Protests of 2020: An Examination of the Mediating Role of Perceived Protester Violence” was authored by Dr. Andrew Baranauskas and published in the peer-reviewed journal Criminology and Public Policy.


This study investigates the role of the news media in shaping attitudes toward the protests of 2020. Using data from a nationally representative election survey, it examines the association between news consumption and support for law-and-order policies to address protest violence, with perceptions that the protesters were violent as a potential mediator. Findings indicate that viewers of online news are less likely to support law-and-order policies. This relationship is mediated by perceived protester violence, with perceived violence enhancing support for law-and-order policies. Further examination shows that political bias plays a role: viewers of left-leaning sites are less likely to support law-and-order policies to address protest violence, while viewers of right-leaning sites are more likely. These relationships are also mediated by perceived violence.

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Posted: February 08, 2022