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Political polarization and negative campaign ads may have increased turnout in presidential elections

Sanders Romero, Francine and Romero, David W. (2021) Political polarization and negative campaign ads may have increased turnout in presidential elections. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (16 Sep 2021). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The 1964 election marked the beginning of a prolonged decline in presidential election turnout lasting through the 1990s. Recent analysis of American presidential election turnout from 1952 to 2020, however, reveals an increase previously expected by election scholars. In new research, Francine Romero and David Romero find that the downturn, while real, masked phenomena which were, in the background, pushing turnout upward. The phenomena, ironically, are those many see as harmful to American democracy: polarization, and, negative presidential campaign advertising.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2021 10:42
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2021 10:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/112396

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