Discuss voter behavior.Discuss voter behavior.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The idea of why voters in a political process vote the way they do, supporting or rejecting candidates and initiatives in the manner they do, is the basic element of voter behavior.  The questions that lie at the heart of voter behavior is what the electorate said in their voting patterns or why they did what they did.  The voting public are the individuals in question in assessing voter behavior.  "The voter" represents the person who goes to the polls on voting day and expresses their own point of view with the vote.  For example, in the Republican Presidential Race in New Hampshire, many different elements of voter behavior will be assessed and examined.  What did the voters say with Mitt Romney winning 40% of the votes cast?  What was said when the social values candidate, Rick Santorum, barely broke double digits in the percentage of the vote?  Voter behavior can also reside in examining portions of the electorate and examining how they voted in a particular race.  For examples, using exit and entrance polling techniques, analysts are able to fully grasp what they of people voted for a particular candidate, or which candidates appealed to which particular groups.  This is another example and dimension of voter behavior.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If I may be permitted to respond in a similar fashion to that of Post #7, Mark Twain stated,

We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking.

The absolute truth of this statement is in the presidential election of 1961 in which John F. Kennedy who was 11 poll points behind Richard Nixon until the televised debates.  His good looks and more poised demeanor than Nixon's increased immediately his popularity with viewers who voted him more successful in the debates while those who listened on the radio maintained the same judgments of the candidates as before the debates, giving Nixon their continued approval. Studies after the election revealed that the majority of women voted for Kennedy because he was handsome.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that voter behavior is created by the community/society within which a voter lives. There are also many different things which effect voting behavior which are normally mentioned on media sites (television/web) which tend to assume voter behavior (like weather, age, gender, and race). I would find it very hard to make a statement regarding universal voter behavior given too many things are ignored or, in opposition, stressed.

Outside of that, voter behavior is simply another stereotype which is placed on certain person's based upon their race, ideologies, and socio-economic status.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Can you refine your question at all?  In Political Science departments there are whole classes taught on this issue.

One important issue in voter behavior is the extent to which people vote for those they really like, as opposed to against those whom they dislike.  This will be vital in the next general election if Romney runs against Obama.  Many Republicans will have little love for Romney but hate Obama.  Will they vote in large numbers?

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I guess the side of voter behavior I hate the most is when people vote a straight party ticket without even bothering to consider the opponent of another party. Too many people align themselves with a party for one or two significant reasons, and then seem to view every candidate from the opposing party as the enemy.

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It will be interesting, this year, to see how conservative Republic voters deal with the candidacy of Mitt Romney. Although he is considered by many people to be less than a true-blue conservative, it will be interesting to see if conservatives are willing to support him in order to defeat the President.

zaghonem | Student

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zaghonem | Student

I want to survey the voter behavior in Egypt after 25th Jan, with the influence of facebook on young voter behavior when used by political marketing campaign

this the core of my MBA survey

I agree the atmosphere arount the voter and elector affect the voter choice

the major change of Egyptian from negative to positive participant sure affect the results

the current events also has major contribution

are these true or not that will be the result of my survey


frizzyperm | Student

Hamlet Act IV Scene III

"...the distracted multitude,

Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes."

King Claudius [talking about the Danish public's method for approving or disapproving of their Monarchs]