Replication material for: “The Accessibility and Electoral Consequences of Issue Competence Perceptions: Evidence from the Swiss 2019 Election.” Affiliated Publication: https://doi.org/10.1111/spsr.12517

Replication material for: “The Accessibility and Electoral Consequences of Issue Competence Perceptions: Evidence from the Swiss 2019 Election.” Affiliated Publication: https://doi.org/10.1111/spsr.12517

Publication

2

Author

Lionel Marquis (Institute of political studies, University of Lausanne), Anke Tresch (FORS - Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, Institute of political studies, University of Lausanne)

Publisher

FORS - Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences

Publication year

2022

Abstract

According to the issue ownership theory of voting, voters cast their ballot for the party that they consider to be most competent and most committed to handle an issue of importance to them. This article offers a theoretical expansion of this model, arguing that the effect of issue ownership on vote choice is conditioned by the accessibility of voters’ issue ownership perceptions, as measured by response latencies. Through individual-level analyses of vote choice in the 2019 Swiss federal election, we demonstrate that the effect of voters’ issue ownership perceptions on their voting decisions is strongest when their ownership attributions are highly accessible and when the issue at stake is considered important. Our results also reveal that the effects of accessibility are largely driven by voting decisions for parties that own the issue in the eyes of a large part of the electorate, such as the Greens in the case of the environment.

Keywords

issue ownership, voting, attitude accessibility, response times, issue salience

Description of the material

Data files of response times and syntax files in 3 formats (SPSS, Stata and R). All other information concerning the replication procedure are included in the README file. To replicate the analyses, users also have to download the Selects 2019 Panel survey (waves 1-3), available on the SWISSUbase platform. The link to this dataset is provided in the README file and in the "Dataset" field below.

Geolocation

Switzerland

How to cite

Marquis L, Tresch A (2022). Replication material for: The Accessibility and Electoral Consequences of Issue Competence Perceptions: Evidence from the Swiss 2019 Election. FORS - Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences. https://doi.org/10.25597/AK93-3P44

Remarks

Please note that the download on SWISSUBase is free of charge but requires an account. Warning: the above link leads to a version of the Selects panel entitled "waves 1-4", but the data file is actually "waves 1-3".