Revisiting General and Specific Union Beliefs: The Union-Voting Intentions of Professionals

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We examine how general and specific beliefs about unions influence the union-voting intentions of professional employees. Previous research, mainly on nonprofessionals, has found that both beliefs are significant in predicting voting behavior, but that specific beliefs have the stronger effect. Using a structural equation model, we found a causal relationship between general and specific beliefs, and that the total effect of general beliefs is nearly three times as strong as that of specific beliefs.

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