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Voting - American voters have a strong tendency to support one party over the other, even if they are not aware of it or do not want to admit it Party Identification o Psychological feeling of belonging to a particular party, which influences voting behavior o An individuals association w/ a political party o Way ppl think of themselves and influences how people evaluate candidates o Most important cause of voting choices (ex. Democrats vote for democrats) o Measured by a series of questions.. “Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or what?” “Would you call yourself a strong () or not?” “Do you think of yourself as closer to the Republican or Democratic party?” –if you answer 1 st question as independent; independents admit they lean towards one of the parties Gender Gap o The difference between men’s and women’s voting rates for either a Democrat or Republican candidates o Men typically favor Republican and Women typically Democrats o Has huge political impact Political Parties- coalition (alliance) of ppl seeking to control the gov by contesting elections and winning offices; seek to gain power in gov - dominant parties are centrist, meaning close to political center - differences between the 2 parties are relatively small Political Party Functions
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