Publication
Title
Measuring issue ownership with survey questions. A question wording experiment
Author
Abstract
Issue ownership, which has a competence and an associative dimension, refers to the link between issues and parties in voters' minds. Although used frequently in voting research, there remain worries about the validity of its current measures. The measures may be confounded with respondents' (dis)agreement with parties' position and general party evaluations. Through a question wording experiment we compare measures of both issue ownership types and test which are most affected by the two confounding factors. We find that competence issue ownership measures are heavily affected by confounding factors while associative issue ownership wordings are less. Challenging existing research, we find that especially the classic 'best at handling'-wording tapping competence issue ownership is most conflated with positions and party preference. (c) 2016 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Electoral studies. - Guildford
Publication
Guildford : 2016
ISSN
0261-3794
Volume/pages
42(2016), p. 290-299
ISI
000376546100028
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 05.07.2016
Last edited 24.09.2017
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