Terrorist threat, leadership, and the vote: Evidence from three experiments

  • Merolla J
  • Zechmeister E
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Abstract

The authors show with three experiments that in moments of threat, individuals will put more weight on leadership skills. Partisanship also still matters a lot, but in comparison to the good times, individuals in the bad times condition emphasize leadership. Their strength is the fact that they have ran three experiments in two different modes and two different dependent variables.

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  • Candidate traits
  • Experiment
  • Leadership
  • Terrorism
  • Threat
  • Voting behavior

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Authors

  • Jennifer L. Merolla

  • Elizabeth J. Zechmeister

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