Political Information Flows and Constistent Voting: Personal Conversations, Mass Media, Party Campaigns, and the Quality of Voting Decisions at the 2009 German Federal Election

Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger ; Kraft, Patrick

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662630.003.0009
Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2014
Book title: Voters on the Move or on the Run?
Page range: 193-216
Publisher: Weßels, Bernhard
Place of publication: Oxford
Publishing house: Oxford Univ. Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-966263-0 , 978-0-19-175619-1
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
School of Social Sciences > Politikwissenschaft, Politische Soziologie (Schmitt-Beck 2008-2023)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Consistent voting is a precondition for the working of accountability. This chapter investigates the conditions under which “correct voting” is more likely. The results demonstrate that whether voters make sound choices at the polls depends not only on their own motivational and cognitive resources. Although in quite complex ways, turning to external sources of political information may considerably improve their odds of voting consistently. Delegating the costs of obtaining, analysing, and evaluating information to sources available within their social environments pays off for voters—at least as long as they make the right choices when selecting their sources.

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