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Identifying the true party identifiers: A question wording experiment

Sanders, D and Burton, J and Kneeshaw, J (2002) 'Identifying the true party identifiers: A question wording experiment.' Party Politics, 8 (2). 193 - 205. ISSN 1354-0688

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The paper reviews the evidence that the measure of party identification (or partisanship) routinely used in social surveys and national election studies is flawed due to the fact that it overestimates the number of party identifiers in any given sample. The results of a 12-month survey experiment are reported to show that an alternative measure of party identification, one that does not prompt respondents with the names of the political parties and allows respondents a clear opportunity to register a 'non-identity', substantially reduces the proportion of reported party identifiers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 15:04
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:15

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