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Political Knowledge and its Partisan Consequences

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Tranter, BK (2007) Political Knowledge and its Partisan Consequences. Australian Journal of Political Science, 42 (1). pp. 73-88. ISSN 1036-1146

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Abstract

The study of political knowledge is an established field of research in the United States, although there is a dearth of such research in Australia. Knowledge of political facts and issues is important for making informed political choices. Age, gender, educational attainment and occupational status all distinguish knowledge of politics in Australia, although their impact varies across domestic and international political issues. Political knowledge also influences political behaviour. At the 2004 federal election, politically knowledgeable Australians were more likely to vote for the Greens than the Coalition in the House of Representatives, and more likely to vote for the Greens than for the major parties in the Senate. Political knowledge also increases the likelihood of voting strategically, particularly for the Labor Party in the House of Representatives and Greens in the Senate.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Political Science
Page Range: pp. 73-88
ISSN: 1036-1146
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/10361140601158559
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published by Taylor and Francis

Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2008 03:36
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:31
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