Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Vote Carefully

Researchers have found that the physical location of where people vote affects how they vote. Studying the 2000 general election, in Arizona the ballot included an initiative to raise state taxes to support education. People who voted in a school building were more likely to vote for the proposal than those voting at elsewhere.

In the lab, subjects were shown images, some pertaining to schools. Later, they were asked to vote on funding for education - those who had looked at lockers were more likely to vote yes.

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