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Convincing Voters: An experiment in the Canton of Schaffhausen

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Abstract

This study analyses three different fictitious political communication designs related to two votings in the canton of Schaffhausen (Velo-Initiative and Hornkuh-Initiative). An online questionnaire addressing citizens’ evaluations on these designs and their impact on voting behavior was administered. The data was analysed using Gerber’s Big Five of Long-Term Characterization (2011). The analysis suggests that political campaigns can reduce uncertainty, but could not confirm that a strategy correlates specifically with an opinion change among swing or party voters.

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Political communicationvoting behavior
  • Volume: 8
  • Page/Article: 185–197
  • DOI: 10.5334/ssas.114
  • Published on 31 Dec 2017
  • Peer Reviewed