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Unconventional wisdom : facts and myths about American voters

Author: Karen M Kaufmann; John R Petrocik; Daron R Shaw
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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Late deciders go for the challenger; turnout helps the Democrats; the gender gap results from a surge in Democratic preference among women--these and many other myths are standard fare among average citizens, political pundits, and even some academics. But are these conventional wisdoms--familiar to anyone who watches Sunday morning talk shows--really valid? Unconventional Wisdom offers a novel yet highly accessible  Read more...
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Kaufmann, Karen M., 1959-
Unconventional wisdom.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)605933000
Online version:
Kaufmann, Karen M., 1959-
Unconventional wisdom.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)609324138
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karen M Kaufmann; John R Petrocik; Daron R Shaw
ISBN: 9780195366846 0195366840 9780195366839 0195366832
OCLC Number: 176861380
Description: viii, 263 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Facts and myths about American voters : an introduction --
Americans hate to love their party, but they do! --
Are American voters polarized? --
Who swings? --
Soccer moms and other myths about the gender gap --
The young and not-so-restless voters --
The partisan bias of turnout --
Campaign effects in the twenty-first century --
Hard facts and conventional wisdom as we look to the future.
Responsibility: Karen M. Kaufmann, John R. Petrocik, Daron R. Shaw.
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Late deciders go for the challenger; turnout helps the Democrats; the gender gap results from a surge in Democratic preference among women--these and many other myths are standard fare among average citizens, political pundits, and even some academics. But are these conventional wisdoms--familiar to anyone who watches Sunday morning talk shows--really valid? Unconventional Wisdom offers a novel yet highly accessible synthesis of what we know about American voters and elections. It not only provides an integrated overview of the central themes in American politics--parties, polarization, turnout, partisan bias, campaign effects, swing voters, the gender gap, and the youth vote--it upends many of our fundamental preconceptions.

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