In addition, strong partisans are more likely to try to influence others, to display campaign materials, to attend a rally, or to give money to a candidate during the campaign. Topics Foreign Affairs and Policy U.
Various hypotheses have been put forward to explain the decline among young voters over the 1990s, including a lack of political and civic knowledge, a lack of trust and confidence in institutions, changing perceptions of government relevance, and youth's influence on changing government policy Archer 2003 ; Adsett 2003 ; Howe 2008.
Party brands in crisis: But the electoral influence of young voters also depends on efforts made to mobilize them. Partisanship, brand dilution, and the breakdown of political parties in Latin America. Campbell, A.
This trend was initially linked to the political struggles and institutional foibles of American politics. Research clearly suggests that if one wanted to understand the general political behavior of individuals with a single question in a survey, then one on party identification would be the best question to ask.
If most people identify with one of the established parties, then this lessens the potential for voters to be attracted to new parties or demagogic leaders. Across most established democracies, fewer voters enter elections with standing party preferences that endure to Election Day, and more voters are deciding later in the campaign based on the events of the election. This question exchanges the idea of a long-term partisan identity for the idea of closeness to a party.
Partisanship functions in a similar way in other established democracies. The link between education and voting is also well-established Blais et al. Its centrality to understanding political behavior generates continuing research on its causes and consequences, which are outlined here.
According to the exit polls, young voters in key battleground states this year were far more likely to have been contacted by the Obama campaign than by the McCain campaign — and in some states they were more likely than older voters to have been contacted, a significant reversal from past patterns.
The greater acceptance of homosexuality and interracial dating among young people than older ones today are examples of this. Oxford University Press. The original formulation of partisanship defined it as an affective psychological identity, which implied it would show relatively high stability through the lifespan and structure perceptions of the political world to generate this persistence. Adsett , Margaret. American Political Science Review, 90 , 567—580.
The strength and direction of party identification are of central importance in accounting for attitude and behavior.
Political engagement of young adults Reasons for not voting in the May 2, 2011 election. Governments are managed by partisan teams.