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Title Public Perceptions of Local Partisan Elections
Post date 03/06/2019
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale In recent years several state governments have considered legislation mandating changes to how local elections are conducted. The majority of these proposals include a requirement that local elections drop nonpartisan ballots and require candidates to run as partisans. The recent activity of these “party defenders” has prompted a renewal of progressive-era debates surrounding the merits of nonpartisan ballots as a means to elect local leaders. A central tenet of the nonpartisan reformers is that much of local government is administrative and inherently apolitical. This is certainly the view of contemporary advocates seeking to maintain their local elections as nonpartisan contests. Nonpartisan reformers believe that the job of the local government should not be entangled with partisan politics. Broadly speaking, party defenders reject the premise articulate by nonpartisan reformers. Where reformers see party labels as providing a crutch to voters who might be uninformed about local candidates and issues, party defenders see valuable information for voters that are relevant to the office that candidates seek. Both camps argue that the public is with them on this issue yet there is little empirical evidence to cite when it comes to the public’s views on local elections. I use new survey data from the 2018 CCES to reveal the public’s attitudes as they relate to elections for various local offices. I place this new data in the context of the legislative landscape nationwide.
C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested? See pre-analysis plan
C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? * See pre-analysis plan
C4 Country United States
C5 Scale (# of Units) 1,000 persons
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? No
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? Yes
C8 IRB Number not provided by authors
C9 Date of IRB Approval not provided by authors
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? YouGov on behalf of the Cooperative Congressional Election Study
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? No
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? not provided by authors
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors