Partisan vision biases determination of voter intent


Journal Article

In close, disputed elections, outcomes can depend on determinations of voter intent for ballots that have been filled out improperly. We surveyed 899 adult Minnesotans during a time when the state's U.S. Senate election was still disputed and presented them with ambiguous ballots similar to ballots under dispute in the same election. We randomized participants to three experimental groups, across which we varied the names on the ballot. We found that participants' judgments of voter intent were strongly biased by their voting preferences (p <.002 in all four ballots). © Copyright American Political Science Association 2011.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ubel, PA; Zikmund-Fisher, BJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 44 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 81 - 84

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-5935

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-0965

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S1049096510001915

Citation Source

  • Scopus