Political Behavior

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 37–51

Cross-pressured economic voting in America: The 1984 election

  • J. David Gopoian
  • Thom Yantek

DOI: 10.1007/BF00989379

Cite this article as:
Gopoian, J.D. & Yantek, T. Polit Behav (1988) 10: 37. doi:10.1007/BF00989379


Prior work on U.S. presidential elections has concluded consistently that voter evaluations of national economic conditions have had a greater impact on electoral outcomes than have perceptions of personal economic situations. Utilizing data from the 1984 National Election Study, we find confirmatory evidence for such a pattern. A more disaggreated examination of voters and their economic perceptions for that year, however, reveals some important refinements of earlier findings. Specifically, there is a sizable minority for whom personal economic conditions appear to matter more. Further, the role of noneconomic issue voting in distinguishing economic groups, a topic which has been largely ignored up to this point, is found to be quite pronounced — overriding, in several instances, the influence even of partisan and economic predispositions.

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© Agathon Press, Inc 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. David Gopoian
    • 1
  • Thom Yantek
    • 1
  1. 1.Political Science DepartmentKent State UniversityKent

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