“An Inherited Money Dude from Queens County”: How Unseen Candidate Characteristics Affect Voter Perceptions

@article{McDonald2020AnIM,
  title={“An Inherited Money Dude from Queens County”: How Unseen Candidate Characteristics Affect Voter Perceptions},
  author={J. McDonald and David Karol and L. Mason},
  journal={Political Behavior},
  year={2020},
  volume={42},
  pages={915-938}
}
We examine the effect of biographical knowledge on voters’ assessments of leaders. Prior research has shown that voters infer traits from candidate characteristics such as race, gender and incumbency, which are visible to even poorly-informed voters. Given voters’ limited knowledge, we argue that less-visible attributes may be easily misperceived, possibly affecting overall assessments of candidates. Focusing on President Trump, we find via a national survey that many Americans are unaware that… Expand
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