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Helping disadvantaged citizens : is education level playing a role in the relationship between Voting Advice Applications and voter turnout?

Slaats, L.N. (2020) Helping disadvantaged citizens : is education level playing a role in the relationship between Voting Advice Applications and voter turnout?

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Abstract:enefits voter turnout over the whole population. However, differences in socioeconomic factors have seldomly been taken into account. This study aims to shine a light on the effect of education inequality on the relationship between VAA usage and voter turnout. Expected is that low educated people could have more use of VAAs in terms of information gain, and therefore that the effect of VAAs on voter turnout gets stronger at low and medium education levels compared to high. Using Chi-Square tests this relationship is analyzed at three separate education levels to look at the significance, strength, and direction of the relationship. Using a sample of the Dutch Parliamentary Election Survey 2017 this research shows no initial differences between the relationships for the education groups. However,taking the fact that VAAs are not a widely known phenomenon amongst low education people, the study still sees some potential for the important role of providing information VAAs could have to make the voter population more representative.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82374
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