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Telling more than they can know? Does the most important issue really reveal what is most important to voters?

Bartle, John and Laycock, Samantha (2012) 'Telling more than they can know? Does the most important issue really reveal what is most important to voters?' Electoral Studies, 31 (4). pp. 679-688. ISSN 0261-3794

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Abstract

Recent British Election Studies have asked respondents to nominate 'the most important issue'. Responses to this question have been used to explain individual vote decisions and characterise the issue-component of those elections. This paper, however, finds limited evidence that individuals place more weight on those issues that they report as 'most important' when they vote. It also finds that aggregate responses to the MII question broadly match the estimated 'average' impact of those issues on voters. This suggests that even if voters have a limited understanding of what issues matter to themselves they have some understanding of what makes their fellow voters tick. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: British Election Study; Issue-voting; Issue importance; Self-reports; Most important issue
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 11:43
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:18
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/6031

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