Francesco Raffaelli & Luis Cornago Bonal

  Wednesday, 9th November 2022

  14:00 - 15:00

   Clay Room - Nuffield College +

   When Voters Care About What They Don't Care

ABSTRACT

Political science literature has documented that the electoral behavior of voters with opposing preferences across dimensions (i.e., culturally progressive and economically conservative, or viceversa) is highly dependent on the importance they attach to each dimension. This study aims to expand our knowledge of this phenomenon in two ways. First, it explores the degree of separability of voters’ preferences, understanding to which extent individuals are willing to turn a blind eye on the less important dimension – especially when their position contrasts significantly with that of their preferred party or candidate. Second, this work analyses whether candidates’ personal and demographic traits – particularly, occupation, ethnicity, and sexual orientation – help break this spatial logic, inducing voters to better tolerate policy disagreements with their preferred party/candidate.