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Improving Public Opinion SurveysInterdisciplinary Innovation and the American National Election Studies$
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John H. Aldrich and Kathleen M. McGraw

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151458

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151458.001.0001

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Do Confident People Behave Differently?

Do Confident People Behave Differently?

The Role of Defensive Confidence in Partisan Defection, Attention to Politics, and Political Participation

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(p.46) Chapter 4 Do Confident People Behave Differently?
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Improving Public Opinion Surveys
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Julia Albarracín

Wei Wang

Dolores Albarracín

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151458.003.0004

This chapter reports analyses drawn from the 2006 American National Election Studies Pilot Study. It focuses on the extent to which defensive confidence influences partisan defection and affects other political behaviors. In addition, also considers several interrelated issues: whether or not the levels of defensive confidence differ across demographic and ethnic groups; what we can learn about citizens' attention to politics and government affairs and to the news and if these forms of attention are related to defensive confidence and partisan defection; and if people with higher levels of defensive confidence are more likely to participate in politics than people with lower levels of defensive confidence. The chapter first provides an overview of defensive confidence and its development in the literature. It then presents an analysis of the influence of defensive confidence on partisan defection, attention to government and politics, attention to the news, and political participation.

Keywords:   defensive confidence, partisan defection, ethnic groups, government, political behaviors, political participation

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