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Do implicit attitudes predict actual voting behavior particularly for undecided voters?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22952898     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The prediction of voting behavior of undecided voters poses a challenge to psychologists and pollsters. Recently, researchers argued that implicit attitudes would predict voting behavior particularly for undecided voters whereas explicit attitudes would predict voting behavior particularly for decided voters. We tested this assumption in two studies in two countries with distinct political systems in the context of real political elections. Results revealed that (a) explicit attitudes predicted voting behavior better than implicit attitudes for both decided and undecided voters, and (b) implicit attitudes predicted voting behavior better for decided than undecided voters. We propose that greater elaboration of attitudes produces stronger convergence between implicit and explicit attitudes resulting in better predictive validity of both, and less incremental validity of implicit over explicit attitudes for the prediction of voting behavior. However, greater incremental predictive validity of implicit over explicit attitudes may be associated with less elaboration.
Authors:
Malte Friese; Colin Tucker Smith; Thomas Plischke; Matthias Bluemke; Brian A Nosek
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-08-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  PloS one     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1932-6203     ISO Abbreviation:  PLoS ONE     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-06     Completed Date:  2013-02-07     Revised Date:  2013-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101285081     Medline TA:  PLoS One     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e44130     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. malte.friese@unibas.ch
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Attitude*
Behavior*
Decision Making*
Female
Humans
Logistic Models
Male
Politics*
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