New Evidence About the Existence of a Bandwagon Effect in the Opinion Formation Process

  title={New Evidence About the Existence of a Bandwagon Effect in the Opinion Formation Process},
  author={Richard Nadeau and Edouard Cloutier and Jean Herman Guay},
  journal={International Political Science Review},
  pages={203 - 213}
This study undertakes an empirical test of the "bandwagon effect"—individuals rallying to the majority opinion. The study is done outside the electoral context on two issues: abortion and the constitutional future of Quebec. A panel is used, as well as an experimental design in which respondents are told the state and direction of public opinion. Three methodological criteria are used as minimal requirements for a satisfac tory test of the bandwagon thesis. "Underdogging," as well as opinion… 

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