Issue Voting in Gubernatorial Elections: Abortion and Post-Webster Politics

@article{Cook1994IssueVI,
  title={Issue Voting in Gubernatorial Elections: Abortion and Post-Webster Politics},
  author={E. A. Cook and T. Jelen and C. Wilcox},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={1994},
  volume={56},
  pages={187 - 199}
}
Nearly all studies of gubernatorial voting focus on the role of state economic conditions and incumbency on vote choice. Yet gubernatorial campaigns frequently focus on social issues such as abortion, the death penalty, and gun control. Using data from 1989 and 1990 exit polls in 10 states, we find that abortion was a significant predictor of vote choice in all but one. Our logistic regression analysis suggests that abortion position had a greater impact on vote choice than state economic… Expand
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