Volatility on the Rise? Attitudinal Stability, Attitudinal Change, and Voter Volatility

Rattinger, Hans ; Wiegand, Elena

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662630.003.0013
Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2014
Book title: Voters on the Move or on the Run? : Information Processing and Vote Choice in a Complex World
Page range: 287-307
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 > Vergleichende Politische Verhaltensforschung (Rattinger 2008-2015, Em)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: This chapter describes and examines the German electorate in terms of long-term as well as short-term individual volatility. The results suggest that voters change their minds less frequently during an election campaign than between three subsequent federal elections. The stability and strength of party identification serve—not surprisingly—as massive stabilizing factors of the vote decision, while changed attitudes towards candidates and issues do contribute to the explanation of individual volatility. Furthermore, the findings clarify that most swing voters do not oscillate wildly between all possible parties, indecision, or abstention, but rather have a limited choice set of usually two parties.

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