European Politics Online Workshop (EPOW) - Shared screen with speaker view
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question: how is rival measured?
sorry, I mean how is the distorted placement by rival measured?
Is there a spatial aspect in the theoretical argument? e.g., what is the expected direction of the distorted bias?
Also, what is the objective of platform distortion? are
Are rival and focal parties vying for each other’s voters or rather for third-party/independent voters?
How reliable is it to use students for an expert survey? Did they follow a specific protocol?
Do you control if the two main parties you looked at were in a coalition government before the election (e.g. in Germany)? Former coalition parties should talk less polarized about each other compared to an opposition party talking about their main competitor (as they conducted policy making together in the last years). Also, voters will perceive former coalition parties closer to each other than government vs. opposition parties.
Would you expect rival parties to try to distort the positions of focal parties closer or farther from them on the ideological spectrum?
Do we see (or expect to see) different effects if the focal party is the govt or opposition?
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I have a couple of questions to Zeynep.
If you disaggregate the l-r scale in the cross-national analyses, do you see distortion more on some issues than others? And does it confirm your more salient/less salient hypothesis seen in the experimental data?
Great paper! Is this a simple "information effect" i.e. voters are responding to information (cues) about parties when trying to locate their ideological position. Or would you expect different effects if the "messenger" is not a rival party?
Closely related to Bonnie’s question: could it be that rival parties strongly emphasize only a specific subset of issues and the aggregation across all issues leads to a distorted LR position? (But it could be that the actual issue specific positions are not really distorted.)
I also worry a little about the use of Prolific, since they tend to not produce very representative samples of the UK population. How does the balance of partisans in your sample compare with, for example, BES surveys?
Building on Sara’s first question about information effects: would you expect to see different effects based on levels of political interest/sophistication here? I could see more interested people to be less affected (because they have stronger/better informed opinions). At the same time, they might be more affected because they pay closer attention to all this.