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The Effect of the Electoral College on Political Knowledge and Trust-in-Government in Competitive and Non-Competitive States

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The winner-take-all system of the American Electoral Colllege has resulted in some states being considered "safe" or non-competitive and others being considered "battlegrounds." The consequence of this is that presidential campaigns spend less time and money in safe states. This paper examines the degree to which the level of competitiveness affects political knowlege and argues that residents in competitive states have higher degrees of political knowledge and trust-in-government. Discussions about the Electoral College should take into account the discrepant impact of this system on the citizens of the states.

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trust-in-government, political knowledge, electoral college, presidential election, competive elections, non-competitive elections,voter knowledge
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Name: Midwest Political Science Association 67th Annual National Conference
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Towle, Michael., Oakley, Maureen. and Wassmann, Andrew. "The Effect of the Electoral College on Political Knowledge and Trust-in-Government in Competitive and Non-Competitive States" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association 67th Annual National Conference, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, Apr 02, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p362130_index.html>

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Towle, M. J., Oakley, M. R. and Wassmann, A. R. , 2009-04-02 "The Effect of the Electoral College on Political Knowledge and Trust-in-Government in Competitive and Non-Competitive States" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association 67th Annual National Conference, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p362130_index.html

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Abstract: The winner-take-all system of the American Electoral Colllege has resulted in some states being considered "safe" or non-competitive and others being considered "battlegrounds." The consequence of this is that presidential campaigns spend less time and money in safe states. This paper examines the degree to which the level of competitiveness affects political knowlege and argues that residents in competitive states have higher degrees of political knowledge and trust-in-government. Discussions about the Electoral College should take into account the discrepant impact of this system on the citizens of the states.


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