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Candidate Ethnicity and Vote Choice in Britain

Fisher, Stephen D and Heath, Anthony F and Sanders, David and Sobolewska, Maria (2015) 'Candidate Ethnicity and Vote Choice in Britain.' British Journal of Political Science, 45 (4). pp. 883-905. ISSN 0007-1234

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Abstract

<jats:p>This article develops and tests a set of theoretical mechanisms by which candidate ethnicity may have affected the party vote choice of both white British and ethnic minority voters in the 2010 British general election. Ethnic minority candidates suffered an average electoral penalty of about 4 per cent of the three-party vote from whites, mostly because those with anti-immigrant feelings were less willing to vote for Muslims. Ethnic minority voter responses to candidate ethnicity differed by ethnic group. There were no significant effects for non-Muslim Indian and black voters, while Pakistani candidates benefited from an 8-point average electoral bonus from Pakistani voters.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2014 11:43
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:39
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12107

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