Choosing to vote as usual

26 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021

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André Blais

University of Montreal - Department of Political Science

Carolina Plescia

University of Vienna - Department of Government

Semra Sevi

University of Montreal

Date Written: February 12, 2021

Abstract

In the United States, there is a growing momentum towards ranked choice voting. In this study, we conducted two independent yet complementary surveys to examine which voting system citizens prefer, one with the real candidates in the states holding Super Tuesday Democratic primaries and one with fictitious candidates in the whole country. In both surveys, respondents were invited to vote using four different voting rules – single, approval, rank, and point (score) – and then asked how satisfied they were using each system. In both studies the single vote remains the most preferred voting method. We find that citizens’ views are strongly correlated with age, with the eldest being much more favorable to the single vote. Surprisingly, these views do not vary across education levels. Finally, those who have had personal experience with ranked ballot are more positive towards ranked voting, which suggests the presence of a status quo bias.

Suggested Citation

Blais, André and Plescia, Carolina and Sevi, Semra, Choosing to vote as usual (February 12, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3784822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3784822

André Blais

University of Montreal - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Carolina Plescia

University of Vienna - Department of Government ( email )

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Vienna, 1010
Austria

Semra Sevi (Contact Author)

University of Montreal ( email )

Department of Economics
Montreal
Canada

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