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Oct. 18 - Political Science Elections and Voting 1 How do...

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Political Science October 18, 2010 Elections and Voting 1. How do people decided on a candidate? a. Long term forces a.i. Party identification a.ii. Ideology b. Medium term forces b.i. Policy issues c. Short term forces c.i. Economy c.ii. War c.iii. Scandal d. Who’s policies should you relate to in order to win? d.i. Ellen’s views are the most moderate d.ii. Fran has the same number of people on both sides; Fran is dominate decision…she is the median 2. Issue voting and its implications a. Voters will chose candidates depending on their ideological positions b. Graph drawing is the evaluation by different voters of a candidate who takes position in the center c. The center that does not stimulate much excitement d. Where cross, person who is neutral to both candidates (.4 in model) e. Proximity model e.i. Closeness determines evaluations e.ii. The median voter is critical e.ii.1. Being close to the candidate means you will like the candidate f. Directional model f.i. Simulation plus responsibility f.i.1.
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