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The Relationship Between Information, Ideology, and Voting Behavior

Palfrey, Thomas R. and Poole, Keith T. (1987) The Relationship Between Information, Ideology, and Voting Behavior. American Journal of Political Science, 31 (3). pp. 511-530. ISSN 0092-5853.

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The question of voter sophistication is important for understanding voter and candidate behavior in mass elections. We develop an index of voter information - based on perceptual data - and find that it is significantly related to ideological extremism and voting behavior. Individuals with a high level of information tend to be more extreme than those with low levels and are much more likely to vote.

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Additional Information:© 1987 Midwest Political Science Association. Manuscript submitted 29 July 1985. Final manuscript received 26 June 1986. This work was supported in part by National Science Foundation grants SES-831-390 and IST-8406296. We wish to acknowledge useful conversations with Randall Calvert, Robert Miller, Howard Rosenthal, and Kenneth Singleton.
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