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Partisanship and Voter Confidence, 2000-2010


Michael Sances


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science

Charles Stewart III


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science

April 5, 2012

Midwest Political Science Association, 2012
MIT Political Science Department Research Paper No. 2012-12

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We ask, to what degree is voter confidence in the fairness and trustworthiness of election procedures driven by a respondent’s satisfaction with the outcome of an election, as opposed to more general trust in government or objective features of the polling place, such as voting technology? Using data drawn from approximately 30 national public opinion surveys conducted over the past decade, we find that there is a consistent relationship between voting for the winning candidate and the degree of confidence expressed in election administration. However, this confidence varies as a function of question wording and electoral context. Respondents are generally more confident in the quality of the vote count locally than nationally. They are responsive to electoral results at the state and national levels in forming their judgments. And, rather than being reassured by or distrustful of different types of voting machines (paper vs. DREs), respondents appear to lose confidence in elections by virtue of change itself.

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Date posted: April 6, 2012 ; Last revised: May 17, 2012

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Sances, Michael and Stewart III, Charles, Partisanship and Voter Confidence, 2000-2010 (April 5, 2012). Midwest Political Science Association, 2012; MIT Political Science Department Research Paper No. 2012-12. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2035513

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Michael Sances
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science ( email )
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
Charles Stewart III (Contact Author)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science ( email )
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

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