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How to Survey About Electoral Turnout? Additional Evidence

  • Alexandre Morin-Chassé (a1)
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Post-election surveys measure voter turnout in a variety of ways. The Canadian Election Study (CES) simply asks respondents whether or not they voted. However, existing research shows that some abstainers report having voted when they in fact did not (Granberg and Holmberg, 1991; Selb and Munzert, 2013). If this misreporting is correlated with other traits, analysis based on the data can be biased. One possible solution to reduce the incentive to overreport is to reframe the turnout question.

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The data, code, and any additional materials required to replicate all analyses in this article are available at the Journal of Experimental Political Science Dataverse within the Harvard Dataverse Network, at: doi:10.7910/DVN/RHPOYR. Thanks to Semra Sevi, Alexandre Blanchet, Eric Lachapelle, Damien Bol, Laura Stephenson, and anonymous referees for comments and suggestions.

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Granberg, Donald and Holmberg, Soren. 1991. “Self-Reported Turnout and Voter Validation.” American Journal of Political Science 35 (2): 448–59.
Morin-Chassé, Alexandre. 2017. “Replication Data for: How to Survey About Electoral Turnout? Additional Evidence.” Harvard Dataverse. V1. doi:10.7910/DVN/RHPOYR.
Morin-Chassé, Alexandre, Bol, Damien, Stephenson, Laura B., and St-Vincent, Simon Labbé. 2017. “How to Survey About Electoral Turnout? The Efficacy of the Face-Saving Response Items in 19 Different Contexts.” Political Science Research and Methods 5 (3): 575–84.
Selb, Peter and Munzert, Simon. 2013. “Voter Overrepresentation, Vote Misreporting, and Turnout Bias in Postelection Surveys.” Electoral Studies 32 (1): 186–96.
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