When political parties fail to show ideological differences, centrist voters are less likely to vote, Stanford expert says

Posted on AllSides July 14th, 2015

It is not the political left that tends to abstain from voting, as common wisdom would have it, but rather the center, according to a new Stanford research paper.

Toni Rodon, a visiting postdoctoral researcher in Stanford's Department of Political Science, said that his study debunks conventional wisdom by showing that the political middle is less likely to vote when parties do not distinguish themselves ideologically.

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