The median voter data set: Voter preferences across 50 democracies

De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel (2011) The median voter data set: Voter preferences across 50 democracies. Electoral Studies, 30 (4). pp. 865-871.


This research note presents a median voter data set that allows for comparison across time and across countries. The data set updates and extends the widely used statistics originally developed by Kim and Fording, 1998 and Kim and Fording, 2003. The median voter data introduced in this research note also correct for stochastic error in the Comparative Manifestos Project using work by Benoit et al. (2009) and include estimates of measurement error. The methodology consists of linking party positions with electoral outcomes to arrive at revealed voter preferences. This data set provides insight into the median voter in over 50 democracies. For established democracies the time series typically starts around 1950. The United States time series begins in 1920 and includes the 2008 election. Descriptive graphs illustrate major trends in voter preferences. The median voter data set is made available online.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Median voter; Voter preferences; Ideology; Voting behavior; Comparative politics
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Centre: Faculty of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 11:37
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:08
Funders: N/A

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