Angiola Di Conza, Augusto Gnisci, Marco Perugini, Vincenzo Paolo Senese

Implicit and explicit attitudes and voting behaviour. 2004 European Election in Italy and 2005 General Election in England

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Keywords: political psychology, voting decision, implicit attitudes, automatic responses

This contribution investigates the relation between implicit and explicit attitudes and their effects on voting behaviour in Italy's European (Study 1) and UK's General (Study 2) elections. Results show that implicit attitudes toward leaders and parties are more differentiated than explicit attitudes. Moreover, in both studies, implicit attitudes, alongside explicit predicting the voting behavior and their influence is mediated by voting intention. Results indicate that implicit attitudes play a relevant role and are among the psychological factors underlying electoral choice.

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