A Validation Study on Voter Turnout Bias in Switzerland

Hugi, Simon; Jann, Ben (16 July 2015). A Validation Study on Voter Turnout Bias in Switzerland (Unpublished). In: 6th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA). Reykjavik, Island. 13.07.-17.07.2015.

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Surveys on voting behavior typically overestimate turnout rates substantially. To disentangle different sources of bias - coverage error, nonresponse bias, and overreporting - we conducted a validation study in which respondents' self-reported voting behavior was compared to administrative voting records (N = 2000). Our results show that all three sources of error inflate the survey estimate of the turnout rate and also bias estimates from political participation models, although coverage error is only moderate compared to the more pronounced biases due to nonresponse and overreporting. Furthermore, results from a wording experiment do not provide evidence that revised wording reduces measurement bias.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Hugi, Simon and Jann, Ben

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ben Jann

Date Deposited:

09 Jun 2016 13:05

Last Modified:

09 Jun 2016 13:05

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.81536

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/81536

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