Turnout as a Habit


Journal Article

It is conventional to speak of voting as "habitual." But what does this mean? In psychology, habits are cognitive associations between repeated responses and stable features of the performance context. Thus, "turnout habit" is best measured by an index of repeated behavior and a consistent performance setting. Once habit associations form, the response can be cued even in the absence of supporting beliefs and motivations. Therefore, variables that form part of the standard cognitive-based accounts of turnout should be more weakly related to turnout among those with a strong habit. We draw evidence from a large array of ANES surveys to test these hypotheses and find strong support. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Aldrich, JH; Montgomery, JM; Wood, W

Published Date

  • December 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 535 - 563

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0190-9320

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11109-010-9148-3

Citation Source

  • Scopus