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Czech Political Parties and Their Voters: An Analysis of Voting Patterns in the Czech Republic

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Vlachova, Klara

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Abstract Analyzes voting patterns in the 1992 & 1996 parliamentary elections of the Czech Republic, aiming to identify voter motives for & against the political parties involved. Shifts in votes & voter reasons for their choices are charted, using data from a TV exit poll (N = 12,222) & several smaller voter surveys. The patterns are mapped according to the Left-Right political spectrum & sympathies/antipathies for six particular parties. Analysis shows that the party claiming the most votes, the left-wing social democrats, drew voters from the center & the extremes & appealed to the average median voter profile. Negative voting (ie, voting against candidates) proved to be a significant voting motivation. These trends in both elections place the Czech political party dynamic on course with political scenes common to stable Western democracies.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Political Behavior; Voting Behavior; Voters; Political Parties; Political Affiliation; Czech Republic; voting patterns/motives, Czech Republic, 1992/1996 parliamentary elections; television poll/survey data;
Document language English
Publication Year 1997
Page/Pages p. 39-56
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 5 (1997) 1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications