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Partisanship and Voter Confidence, 2000-2012

41 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2014 Last revised: 11 Jul 2014

Michael Sances

University of Memphis - Department of Political Science

Charles Stewart III

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

Date Written: June 1, 2014

Abstract

To what degree is voter confidence in election procedures driven by satisfaction with the outcome of an election, as opposed to trust in government or objective features of the polling place, such as voting technology? Using approximately 30 national surveys over the past decade, we find a consistent relationship between voting for the winner and confidence in election administration. This confidence varies as a function of question wording and electoral context. Respondents are 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 influenced by different types of voting technology, respondents lose confidence by virtue of change itself.

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Sances, Michael and Stewart III, Charles, Partisanship and Voter Confidence, 2000-2012 (June 1, 2014). MIT Political Science Department Research Paper No. 2014-8. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2444510 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2444510

Michael Sances (Contact Author)

University of Memphis - Department of Political Science ( email )

United States

Charles Stewart III

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

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Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

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