Voting Behaviour Key Terms

Partisanship
A term used to denote a state of affairs in which members of one party regularly group together in opposition to the members of another party
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Alignment
The long-term allegiance of voters to a political party
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Dealignment
The breakdown of the long-term allegiance of voters to a political party
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Gender gap
The gap between the support given to a candidate by women and the support given to the same candidate by men
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New Deal Coalition
A coalition of voters in the Democratic Party that lasted from the1930s to the late 1970s
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Democratic Overload
When there are so many elections taking place that voters become bored of the system, and may become apathetic
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Differential Abstention
The difference in numbers between your supporters who abstain and those of your opponent's who abstain.
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Ticket Splitting
The practice of voting for candidates of two or more parties for different offices in the same election
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Swing Voters
Voters who are not aligned to a particular party, and as such may vote differently in different elections
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The long-term allegiance of voters to a political party

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Alignment

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The breakdown of the long-term allegiance of voters to a political party

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The gap between the support given to a candidate by women and the support given to the same candidate by men

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Card 5

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A coalition of voters in the Democratic Party that lasted from the1930s to the late 1970s

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