What do voters do when they prefer a leader from another party?

  title={What do voters do when they prefer a leader from another party?},
  author={Jean-François Daoust and Andr{\'e} Blais and Gabrielle P{\'e}loquin-Skulski},
  journal={Party Politics},
  pages={308 - 316}
There is little research on voters who display incongruent preferences, that is, those who prefer a leader from another party than their preferred one. We address two questions. How many voters prefer a leader from another party? Do these incongruent voters vote for their preferred party or leader? We use the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) data sets covering 83 legislative elections over a time period of 20 years (1996–2016). We find that 17% of the electorate typically prefer a… 

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