The Media and Public Attitudes towards the EU in Comparative Perspective: an Analysis of Portuguese and French Press (2012-2019)

Dr. Tatiana Coutto

This article seeks to analyse the relationship between the framing of political and socio-economic issues by the media, and public opinion regarding EU institutions and policies in France and Portugal between 2012-2019. Drawing on agenda-setting and framing theories, we perform a mixed-methods analysis of content of four leading newspapers using both qualitative and computer-based techniques (including machine learning). Findings contribute to our understanding of the determinants of media slant and the potential influence of media frames - that is, the selection of specific aspects of a perceived reality- on attitudes and behaviors towards the EU. Furthermore, it sheds light on the relationship between media and attitudes in non-English speaking countries.