Political knowledge and the use of candidate race as a voting cue

Tetsuya Matsubayashi, Michiko Ueda

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    Abstract

    Do White voters use candidate race as a voting cue in biracial electoral contests? We argue that the answer to this question depends on the level of political knowledge and information that voters have rather than on their attitudes toward minorities. Our analyses of precinct- and individual-level data show that White voters who are likely to be informed about candidates vote less often for the Democratic party when the candidate is Black, whereas vote choices of White voters who are unlikely to be informed about candidates are unaffected by candidate race.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)380-413
    Number of pages34
    JournalAmerican Politics Research
    Volume39
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar

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    Keywords

    • biracial elections
    • political information
    • political knowledge
    • race
    • racial threat
    • voting
    • White backlash

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science

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