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Facing up to the facts: what causes economic perceptions?

de Vries, Catherine E., Hobolt, Sara and Tilley, James (2017) Facing up to the facts: what causes economic perceptions? Electoral Studies. ISSN 0261-3794

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.electstud.2017.09.006


The link between individual perceptions of the economy and vote choice is fundamental to electoral accountability. Yet, while it is well-established that economic perceptions are correlated with voting behaviour, it is unclear whether these perceptions are rooted in the real economy or whether they simply reflect voters’ partisan biases. This study uses time-series data, survey data and unique experimental evidence to shed new light on how British voters update their economic perceptions in response to economic change. Our findings demonstrate that while partisanship influences levels of economic optimism, people respond to information about real economic changes by adjusting their economic perceptions.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 13:46
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:24

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