Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

2-1988

Journal/Book/Conference Title

The Journal of Politics

DOI of Published Version

10.2307/2131046

Abstract

How does partisan information affect individual voting behavior in nonpartisan elections? Using data from a 1982 California Poll survey on state supreme court confirmation elections we demonstrate that nonpartisan elections are easily turned into partisan contests in the minds of voters. Partisan information increases the probability of an individual holding an opinion on the elections, and results in votes which are based on the respondent's partisan identification and opinion of the governor who appointed the justice. The implications of these results for nonpartisan elections in general and merit retention contests in particular are also discussed.

Journal Article Version

Version of Record

Published Article/Book Citation

The Journal of Politics, 50:1 (1988) pp. 169-179.

Rights

Copyright © 1988 Southern Political Science Association. Used by permission. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JOP

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/polisci_pubs/95