Political Behavior

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 114–125

Do voters really care about political parties anymore? A response to Craig

  • Martin P. Wattenberg

DOI: 10.1007/BF00987301

Cite this article as:
Wattenberg, M.P. Polit Behav (1987) 9: 114. doi:10.1007/BF00987301


In response to a critique of his work by Stephen C. Craig (1985), the author marshals additional evidence that in regard to the relationship between voters and the two major parties in the U.S., it is not so much that people's confidence in the parties has eroded, but rather that the prominence of individual candidates has turned voters' attention away from the parties, making their attitudes toward the parties neutral rather than negative.

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© Agathon Press, Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin P. Wattenberg
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  1. 1.School of Social ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaIrvine