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Does Advertising Exposure Affect Turnout?

Scott Ashworth, Department of Politics, Princeton University, sashwort@princeton.edu , Joshua D. Clinton, Department of Politics, Princeton University, clinton@princeton.edu
Suggested Citation
Scott Ashworth and Joshua D. Clinton (2007), "Does Advertising Exposure Affect Turnout?", Quarterly Journal of Political Science: Vol. 2: No. 1, pp 27-41. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/100.00005051

Publication Date: 01 Mar 2007
© 2007 S. Ashworth and J.D. Clinton
Voting behavior,  Campaigns,  Political participation


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We identify an exogenous source of variation in exposure to campaign advertising in the 2000 presidential election, based on residence in battleground states. If exposure to campaign advertising makes a potential voter significantly more likely to vote, then we should see significantly greater turnout in battleground states. We do not. This result is robust to several specifications and evident in a natural experiment consisting of New Jersey residents. Conditional on existing campaign targeting strategies, campaigns do not affect the turnout decisions of the voters we study.