Strategic Voting and Personality Traits
26 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2014
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
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