Competence ratings in US predict presidential election outcomes in Bulgaria

@inproceedings{Sussman2013CompetenceRI,
  title={Competence ratings in US predict presidential election outcomes in Bulgaria},
  author={Abigail B. Sussman and Kristina G. Petkova and Alexander Todorov},
  year={2013}
}
Abstract Although democracies should ideally elect leaders based on their abilities, voters are often biased by seemingly unrelated factors, such as a candidate's appearance. Prior work examining the relations between election outcomes and appearance has primarily focused on a restricted range of the top candidates, examined in pairwise comparisons. In the present study, we tested whether the predictive ability of ratings based on facial appearance would extend to a wider range of candidates… CONTINUE READING

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