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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Ryan Hurl

How do people decide how to vote: - People vote differently when times are tough - How voters decide to vote and to a large degree research suggests that pertains to voters in other democracies as well but largely the U.S. - The democratic voter when they decide whom to vote for they are supposed to figure out what their interests are? Favor of higher of lower taxed? - In favor of prayer in school or against - Am I in favor of Afghanistan of against it - They figure out what they stand for then which of their preferences are more important to them and rank their preferences. - Then figure out what kind of public policy would best serve their interest. - Then I look for candidates who are supporting that policy. - Which one is closest to the policy that I have in mind. Which one would result in the most similar results that I want to obtain one I have done that I have figured out who to vote for. - Most voters dont follow this because they dont have the time to. Most of us cant figure out what we want better public education or higher taxes both go hand in hand actually. - We need to do a lot of research to figure out who stands for what policies etc. - 50s and 60s research realized that most people do not follow this they look to opinion leaders. - There is a rational process going into how to select opinion leaders based on considerations -
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