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Patch's Poll: Do Newspaper Political Endorsements Matter?

As print media continue to struggle in the digital news and information age, does the time-honored newspaper political endorsement matter anymore?

In these waning days of the election of 2012 there's a time-honored tradition underway right now among newspapers that has gone on for decades, even centuries: The endorsement of candidates.

Today the Hartford Courant endorsed Democrat Elizabeth Esty for the Fifth Congressional District over Republican Andrew Roraback. Yesterday the newspaper endorsed incumbent Second District Democrat Joseph Courtney over Republican challenger Paul Formica, East Lyme's first selectman.

In Connecticut's bitter U.S. Senate battle The Connecticut Post today endorsed Democrat Chris Murphy over Republican Linda McMahon.

While the candidates may crow over such political endorsements, do they hold any weight with voters? In a recent story, NPR cast doubt on that idea and questioned whether newspapers have any clout to sway voters with such endorsements.

How about you? Do newspaper editorial endorsements in political campaigns matter at all to you?

Daria Novak October 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I have never heard of anyone who switched their vote due to a newspaper endorsement or to seeing a yard sign. The mainstream media has a reputation for endorsing Democrats. We have come to expect this in CT. I think voters would be more surprised if they endorsed a Republican!
tkp October 27, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Was anyone shocked that after the NH Register gave an editorial about all the things Obama has done wrong or not lived up to his promises that they still endorsed him anyways? Was anyone shocked that due to the lack of people buying the Register that they had to close down there printing press?

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