The Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research’s unofficial motto of “the Midwest is a state of mind” was apparent when  four WSU PolCom members made appearances at this year’s annual conference in Chicago Nov. 21st and 22nd.

Ph.D. Student Jackie Chan Chen presented two papers: “Opinion Leadership and Political Discussion: Two-step Flow and Social MediaUser Influence,” co-authored with Jason Reineke from Middle Tennessee State University; and “Political Activism and Online Political Donation,” co-authored with Michael Beam from Kent State University.

Murrow faculty member, and former MAPOR President, Doug Blanks Hindman  presented “Political Misperception vs. Expression: Impact of Partisan Cues on Beliefs about Politically Contested Facts” in a special session focusing on the Belief Gap – a theory that Hindman advanced.

Murrow Faculty Myiah Hutchens and Jay Hmielowski were also present, and co-authored “Clicking vs. Sharing: The Impact of Online News Viewing and News Sharing on Political Knowledge” which was lead by Michael Beam.