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Political Sophistication and Issue Voting: An Intra-Individual Level Analysis

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Much attention in political science has been devoted to an explication of how voters make use of issues to guide political preferences. The extant literature suggests that, while sophisticated voters make greater use of issue proximity in their electoral calculus, issues remain important to even the least politically knowledgeable of citizens. The empirical investigations on which this conclusion is based have relied on analysis of cross-sectional data. In this paper we use repeated measures data to investigate how intra-individual change in measures of issue proximity is related to intra-individual change in party evaluations. Individual change in the distance respondents place themselves from a party is shown to be strongly associated with change in evaluations of the party over the same time period but this relationship is moderated by existing levels of political awareness. For less sophisticated voters, neither a directional nor a spatial model of issue proximity appears to apply.

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Sturgis, Patrick. and Tilley, James. "Political Sophistication and Issue Voting: An Intra-Individual Level Analysis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, Sep 01, 2005 <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p41516_index.html>

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Sturgis, P. J. and Tilley, J. , 2005-09-01 "Political Sophistication and Issue Voting: An Intra-Individual Level Analysis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2013-12-17 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p41516_index.html

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Abstract: Much attention in political science has been devoted to an explication of how voters make use of issues to guide political preferences. The extant literature suggests that, while sophisticated voters make greater use of issue proximity in their electoral calculus, issues remain important to even the least politically knowledgeable of citizens. The empirical investigations on which this conclusion is based have relied on analysis of cross-sectional data. In this paper we use repeated measures data to investigate how intra-individual change in measures of issue proximity is related to intra-individual change in party evaluations. Individual change in the distance respondents place themselves from a party is shown to be strongly associated with change in evaluations of the party over the same time period but this relationship is moderated by existing levels of political awareness. For less sophisticated voters, neither a directional nor a spatial model of issue proximity appears to apply.

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Political Sophistication and Issue Voting: An Intra-individual Level Analysis Patrick Sturgis (corresponding author) Lecturer Department of Sociology University of Surrey Contact: Department of Sociology University of Surrey Guildford UK GU2 7XH tel: +44 (0) 1483 686974 fax: +44 (0) 1483 689551 e-mail: p.sturgis@surrey.ac.uk James Tilley Lecturer Jesus College University of Oxford Contact: Jesus College University of Oxford Oxford UK OX1 3DW Tel: +44 (0)1865 279756 e-mail: james.tilley@jesus.ox.ac.uk. Much attention in political science has been devoted to an explication of
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