The 1980 house elections: re-examining some theories in a Republican year.
This paper uses data from the 1980 CPS National Election Study to evaluate the findings of researchers who have used the 1978 CPS National Election Study, and to examine the nature of the Republican House gains in 1980. Our analysis shows a high degree of policy-oriented voting in 1980, as well as substantial retrospective voting. Some (somewhat ambiguous) evidence indicates a significant effect for the perquisites of the congressional office. Challengers' campaign spending had a large effect, with Republican spending being large in magnitude and well targeted against the most vulnerable Democrats.
|Main Author:||McAdams, John.|
|Other Authors:||Johannes, John.|