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On Voter Competence

Paul Goren


A half century of research shows that most citizens are woefully uninformed about public affairs, liberal-conservative ideologies, and the issues of the day. This had led most scholars to conclude that policy voting lies beyond the reach of typical American voters and to condemn them as politically inept. This book breaks sharply with this view. Once attention turns away from liberal-conservative predispositions and issue preferences, there is indisputable evidence that nearly everyone holds genuine policy principles and uses these to guide their votes come Election Day. Three principles that ... More

Keywords: voting, elections, limited government, traditional morality, military strength, political sophistication, voter competence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195396140
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Goren, author
University of Minnesota