Thorsten Faas in an interview with SWR

In an interview in the SWR show „Landesschau aktuell Rheinland-Pfalz“, Thorsten Faas illustrated the role of the AfD and its impact on other parties’ positions in the upcoming state election in Rhineland-Palatinate. The interview can be found on the SWR homepage.

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Conference: „Internet killed the TV-Star?“

In cooperation with the institutes for media studies and media convergence, the team of empirical political research organizes the conference “Internet killed the TV-Star??. Experts from all relevant fields – science, media, and politics – will discuss latest developments and forward compatibility: How does the internet change TV and TV watching habits? How are hybrid TV forms established in law? Which role will big data play for future TV? How will future TV look like?
The conference will take place from 27 to 28 November. Participation is free. If you want to participate, please make a binding commitment:
For more information, take a look at our website:

Media Broadcastings on Regional and European Elections

SWR_TFAs European and regional elections are coming closer, they (finally) reach broad media attention and public discussion. Our team “Methods of Empirical Political Research” accompanies these events from a scientific perspective: Which effects do TV debates have? What does the decreasing voter turnout imply? What can be done against this development? Thorsten Faas reported the results of his research in several media appearances in the last couple of days. Amongst them was an SWR-Forum contribution (SWR2, 13.5.) named “Protest und Plattitüden – Vor welcher Wahl steht Europa?” as well as a TV interview on the program “Zur Sache Rheinland-Pfalz” on the 15th of May (SWR).

Both broadcastings can be found on the relevant websites:

Peer Steinbrück, candidate for the position of chancellor, was positively assessed by viewers of the head-to-head debate on TV.

Examination of perception and effect of the 2013 head-to-head debate on TV
During a joint live experiment, the University of Koblenz-Landau and the University of Mainz (JGU) examined the perception and effect of the 2013 head-to-head debate of Angela Merkel (Christian Democratic Union) and her challenger Peer Steinbrück (Social Democratic Party). 326 citizens participated in the examination by watching the debate on TV in the Universities of Koblenz, Landau or Mainz. While watching the debate, they could assess Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück either with the help of control dials or push buttons. Additionally, participants had to fill out questionnaires before and after the debate in order to summarize their opinions. The main results were that Peer Steinbrück could score points and that the participants positively assessed the debate on TV.

Berliner Republik and hr-iNFO

Less than five months before the Bundestag election, there is a noticeable increase in media interest. Thorsten Faas therefore wrote an article on the Atlantis Effect for the Berliner Republic. You can inform yourself about this effect on the website of the Berliner Republik (de).

  • Thorsten Faas: Der Atlantis-Effekt, in: Berliner Republik, 2/2013, S. 6–7.


Besides this, Thorsten Faas was a guest at the hr-iNFO podcast discussing the chances of newly emerged parties such as AfD and Pirate Party. You can access the podcast online (de).