Partisanship and Voting Behavior, 1952-1996

  title={Partisanship and Voting Behavior, 1952-1996},
  author={Larry M. Bartels},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
I assess the extent of "partisan voting" in American national elections since 1952 using a series of simple probit analyses. My measure of partisan voting is sensitive both to changes in the distribution of partisanship and to changes in the electoral relevance of partisanship. I find that the impact of partisan loyalties on voting behavior has increased in each of the last six presidential elections, reaching a level in 1996 almost 80 percent higher than in 1972-and significantly higher than… Expand
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