This article is a revised version of a paper presented at the ECPR Workshop on the Extreme Right-wing Parties in Europe, held at Bochum, in March 1990.
Why do they vote for Le Pen?*
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2006
European Journal of Political Research
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 123–141, July 1992
How to Cite
MAYER, N. and PERRINEAU, P. (1992), Why do they vote for Le Pen?. European Journal of Political Research, 22: 123–141. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6765.1992.tb00308.x
- Issue published online: 29 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2006
Abstract. The results of a survey conducted after the second round of the 1988 presidential election stress the inadequacy of the classical models of voting behaviour, as far as the Le Pen vote is concerned. The majority of lepenist electors identify themselves neither with the National Front, nor with the extreme-Right; they show no electoral stability, no strong sociological specificity. Less educated than the average, they do not correspond to the profile of the rational voter. With the exception of a small hardcore of regular voters, politicized, extremist and dedicated to the National Front, Le Pen supporters are protest voters that come and go.