Strategic Voting and Personality Traits

26 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2014

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Cengiz Erisen

Yeditepe University

André Blais

University of Montreal - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2014


Whilst previous work on strategic voting emphasizes a number of factors with respect to voting rules and structural issues in the electoral process there is limited research with respect to its individual determinants. We offer a novel approach to that end and employ an experiment to examine how Big Five personality traits (openness to experience, extraversion, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and agreeableness) influence one’s propensity to cast a vote tactically in PR elections with a threshold. Our findings show that openness to experience and emotional stability promote greater likelihood of strategic voting whereas agreeableness decreases that probability.

Keywords: personality traits, strategic voting, PR, threshold, elections

Suggested Citation

Erisen, Cengiz and Blais, André, Strategic Voting and Personality Traits (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN:

Cengiz Erisen (Contact Author)

Yeditepe University ( email )

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André Blais

University of Montreal - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Montréal, Québec H3T 1N8
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