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Facing the Challenge of DemocracyExplorations in the Analysis of Public Opinion and Political Participation$
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Paul M. Sniderman and Benjamin Highton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151106

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151106.001.0001

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Who Governs if Everyone Votes?

Who Governs if Everyone Votes?

(p.292) XII Who Governs if Everyone Votes?
Facing the Challenge of Democracy

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Jack Citrin

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This chapter addresses three main questions. First, the chapter considers what the partisan differential is between voters and nonvoters. It then asks which election outcomes would have changed party hands under universal turnout. This issue, of course, directly addresses the substantive political implications of any partisan bias in turnout. Finally, the chapter considers what factors could lead some states and elections to have a larger partisan differential—that is, a greater gap in the electoral preferences of voters and nonvoters. This chapter finds that, on average, nonvoters were slightly more Democratic than voters in each of these elections. However, the magnitude of the partisan differential varies across states and time.

Keywords:   partisan differential, voters, nonvoters, election outcomes, universal turnout, partisan bias, electoral preferences

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