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Have we all underestimated the severity of socioeconomic differences in electoral participation?

Lahtinen, Hannu, Martikainen, Pekka, Mattila, Mikko, Wass, Hanna and Rapeli, Lauri (2019) Have we all underestimated the severity of socioeconomic differences in electoral participation? Democratic Audit Blog (11 Oct 2019). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Opinion polls routinely overestimate voter turnout, since participants misreport their own voting record, and because politically engaged voters are also more likely to respond to surveys. Using unique linked survey and register-based data from Finland that allows them to measure the effects of these biases, Hannu Lahtinen, Pekka Martikainen, Mikko Mattila, Hanna Wass, and Lauri Rapeli demonstrate that these two factors also lead to an underestimation of socioeconomic differences in turnout. The results imply that social inequality in political participation is a greater social challenge than previously thought.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://www.democraticaudit.com/
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2021 18:12
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2021 23:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/107982

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