The predictive benefits of importance: Do issue importance ratings improve the prediction of political attitudes?

Kate Kenski, Martin Fishbein

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Abstract

Using data collected in Arizona during the 2000 Presidential election, this study explores whether expectancy value (EV) models predicting attitudes toward candidates and toward voting for candidates can be improved by incorporating measures of issue importance. More specifically, attitudes toward candidates were predicted from beliefs about the candidates' stands on 8 issues, and attitudes toward voting for the candidates were predicted from beliefs that voting for a candidate would lead to the implementation of the 8 issue positions. Ratings of the importance of the 8 issues were used to develop several different EV models. The results of our study indicate that importance ratings do not add much to the EV model's prediction of attitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-507
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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