Does Campaign-Specific Political Knowledge Matter?

While political scientists have long recognized the strong relationship between general political knowledge and voter turnout, less work has attempted to explore how knowing generalized political facts — such as the proportion of Congress required to override a presidential veto — might relate to participation. One possible mechanism linking the two is knowledge relevant to a particular political campaign.  Using both cross-sectional data and survey experimental evidence, we explore what role campaign-specific knowledge might play in the voting process.

Research conducted in collaboration with Mike Weiksner, e-the-people.org

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