Aspects of the interrelationships of attitudes and behaviour as illustrated by a longitudinal study of British adults: 2. Predicting voting intention, strength of party identification, and change in both

R. J. Johnston*, C. J. Pattie

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Abstract

It is widely held in the social sciences that behaviour patterns can be predicted from knowledge of peoples' attitudes. Electoral studies in Great Britain largely accept this, but there has been little formal testing of the general hypothesis. In building on work reported in a previous paper, we discuss formal tests of the predictive link between attitudes and voting behaviour, and use voting intentions, strength of party identification, and changes in each as the dependent variables in a series of discriminant analyses. These are reasonably successful, but not overwhelmingly so.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1279-1294
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironment and Planning A: Economy and Space
Volume31
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1999

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