AUTHORS' NOTE: We are indebted to the ICPSR for NES data. The first-named author's participation in this research was partially supported under Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant #410-2007-2153, to study “Political Competition” (co–principal investigators: Stanley Winer and J. Stephen Ferris); the second-named author's participation was supported by funding from the Jack W. Peltason (Bren Foundation) Endowed Chair, University of California, Irvine. We also wish to acknowledge our debt to Sue Ludeman for bibliographic assistance.
Evaluating the Impact of Vice Presidential Selection on Voter Choice
Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
© 2010 Center for the Study of the Presidency
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 40, Issue 2, pages 303–309, June 2010
How to Cite
GROFMAN, B. and KLINE, R. (2010), Evaluating the Impact of Vice Presidential Selection on Voter Choice. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 40: 303–309. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-5705.2010.03775.x
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
We update and extend work by Wattenberg and Grofman (1993) and Wattenberg (1995) on the consequences of vice presidential selection for voter choice in U.S. presidential elections by offering a simple quantitative model that allows us to measure both potential and actual effects of differences between vice presidential and presidential preferences. We model the impact of vice presidential selection as a weighted average of the differences in voting behavior between those with differing combinations of presidential and vice presidential preferences and the size of the pool of voters who exhibit such preferences.