A Personal Vote? How Voters Used the STV Ballot

John Curtice, Nicola McEwen, Michael Marsh and Rachel Ormston

in Revolution or Evolution? The 2007 Scottish Elections

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638994
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652891 | DOI:
A Personal Vote? How Voters Used the STV Ballot

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This chapter examines how voters behaved in the local elections themselves. Did many people avail themselves of the opportunity to express support for more than one party? Or did most voters support all of the candidates of their preferred party and no others? In addressing these questions, this chapter compares findings directly with the evidence for Ireland, whose 2002 National Election Study asked many of the relevant questions included in the 2007 survey. The chapter assesses how closely Scotland conforms to the Irish model of STV personality politics.

Keywords: STV personality politics; 2002 National Election Study; Scotland

Chapter.  7922 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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