2008_12_01 - Govt 2301 notes Topic Elections I What Matters A Economy 1 Retrospective voting Voting based on the past People tend to vote

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Govt 2301: 2008-12-01 notes Topic: Elections I. What Matters A. Economy 1. Retrospective voting - Voting based on the past. - People tend to vote retrospectively because it is easy. 2. Prospective voting - Voting looking to the future. - Takes much more effort. 3. Pocketbook voting - Based on personal economic conditions. 4. Sociotropic voting and group sociotropic voting - Based on society's economic conditions. - Group sociotropic focuses more on people like the particular voter. - People tend to blame or credit their own economic circumstances to themselves, so sociotropic voting may make more sense for them than pocketbook voting. B. Candidate images C. Party image D. Issues - Issues don't have nearly as large an impact as the others because issue voting is difficult. 1. Issue voting a. Requires you to place yourself (know your preference on the issue) b. Requires you to place the candidates (know their issue positions) c. Requires you to evaluate your preference against their positions 2. Salience (importance)
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2008 for the course GOVT 2301 taught by Professor Combs during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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2008_12_01 - Govt 2301 notes Topic Elections I What Matters A Economy 1 Retrospective voting Voting based on the past People tend to vote

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