Gerry Canavan

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Democracy Simply Doesn’t Work

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Study: “Irrelevant events affect voters’ evaluations of government performance.” Via Kevin Drum.

To precisely test for the effects of irrelevant information, we explore the electoral impact of local college football games just before an election, irrelevant events that government has nothing to do with and for which no government response would be expected. We find that a win in the 10 d before Election Day causes the incumbent to receive an additional 1.61 percentage points of the vote in Senate, gubernatorial, and presidential elections, with the effect being larger for teams with stronger fan support.

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October 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm

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