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Considering the candidates: Political sophistication in presidential elections, 1984–2000


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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation explores the interrelationship between political information and presidential candidate evaluations. In doing so, I bridge related theories and fill empirical gaps in the public opinion and electoral research literature. Using National Election Study cross-sectional and panel data from the past five presidential elections, I assess how a voter's level of political sophistication influences candidate images, as reflected in the nature, number, and breadth of considerations offered in volunteered responses to open-ended survey questions. Findings indicate that elections are indeed unique. On the one side, the political players, relevant issues, and media coverage vary from year to year. On the other, voters bring with them certain priorities, expectations and judgmental propensities. The implications of political information are best understood when sophistication is examined alongside theories of individual decision-making and a consideration of the specific political environment in which electoral decisions are made.

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Subject
Political science;
Mass media;
Cognitive therapy;
Presidential elections;
Candidates
Classification
0615: Political science
0708: Mass media
0633: Cognitive therapy
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Psychology; Candidates; Political sophistication; Presidential elections
Title
Considering the candidates: Political sophistication in presidential elections, 1984–2000
Author
DeWitt, Jefferson R.
Number of pages
180
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0079
Source
DAI-A 66/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542112799, 0542112795
Advisor
Binford, Michael
University/institution
Georgia State University
University location
United States -- Georgia
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3173429
ProQuest document ID
305188459
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305188459
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