Median Voter

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Median Voter

The theoretical person who is precisely in the middle of the political spectrum of his/her community. That is, the median voter's political views are equidistant from both the most right-wing and the most left-wing person in his community. In electoral politics, it is thought that the median voter (or group of median voters) tips the election to one candidate or the other. As a result, many politicians seek to appear to be moderate prior to an election.
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Most of our estimates of the positions of the median voters are taken from the Eurobarometer surveys, which use a scale that ranges from 1 to 10.
The positive influence of STUD on the desired value of manufacturing property is likely due to median voters with public-school children displaying a stronger desire to decrease their property tax price through increased manufacturing property.
The median voters in all states preferred allowing smoking in some areas for bars, and they all preferred no smoking at all for hospitals, indoor sporting events, and malls.
Median voters or budget maximizers: Evidence from school expenditure referenda.
Indeed, the key implication of Inman's study is that it is the median voters already residing within districts, not recently arriving upper-income consumers, who drive local school budgets on Long Island.
These two voters might be the median voters in larger coalitions of voters, each of which is a party's constituency.
For presidents, the median voter is the median of median voters, almost by definition more moderate than median voters in districts throughout the country.
This study investigates how US governors use grants from the federal government to pursue their own policy interests to provide benefits to their core constituents, appeal to median voters, and improve their party's electoral success.
Turning millennials into a generation of libertarian median voters means winning the battle of ideas.
The reasoning is as follows: If House members face positive adjustment costs, then their positions (and thus my proxy for voter preferences) will move less than one point for each one point change in the preferences of the median voters.
Moreover, authoritarians have a shorter time horizon and then they tend to be less risk adverse than median voters of the democratic regime.
district design on the representation of district-level median voters,