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Psychological threat and turnout misreporting

Kuhn, Patrick M and Mellish, Samuel and Vivyan, Nick (2021) 'Psychological threat and turnout misreporting.', Electoral studies., 70 . p. 102276.

Abstract

Direct survey measures of turnout often suffer from misreporting, particularly among non-voters. We investigate whether turnout misreporting in online surveys can be reduced by two new turnout question designs aimed at strengthening or buffering respondent's self-integrity against the perceived psychological threat of admitting non-voting. Drawing on evidence from survey experiments embedded in vote validated online surveys after the 2016 UK EU Referendum, we find that neither technique significantly improves turnout reporting accuracy. Our findings inform innovations in survey measurement of turnout and sensitive survey topics more generally.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 15 July 2022.
(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 4.0.
File format - PDF
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2020.102276
Publisher statement:© 2021 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Date accepted:29 December 2020
Date deposited:06 January 2021
Date of first online publication:15 January 2021
Date first made open access:15 July 2022

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