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Want a better election forecast? Measure the campaign, not just the economy

Vavreck, Lynn (2014) Want a better election forecast? Measure the campaign, not just the economy. LSE American Politics and Policy (15 Apr 2014). Website.

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Competing characterizations of the U.S. economy by President Obama and Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election help illustrate two important elements of election forecasting. First, the change in an economic indicator, relative to its level, better predicts the incumbent party’s share of the two-party vote. Second, presidential candidates make important campaign decisions, like whether to enter the race or what to talk about if they do, based on the state of the nation’s economy at the start of election year. Lynn Vavreck has explored the latter topic in The Message Matters: The Economy and Presidential Campaigns. Here, she suggests that adding a measure of campaign quality or effort can improve our predictions of election outcomes.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2014 15:42
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 23:22

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