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Political Personalities and Voting in the 1999 Australian Constitutional Referendum

Bean, Clive S. (2002) Political Personalities and Voting in the 1999 Australian Constitutional Referendum. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 14(4), pp. 459-468.

Abstract

This study presents evidence on two questions relating to research into the influence of leadership on mass political behaviour: the impact of leaders on voting in referendums and the influence of non-institutionalised political personalities. Research in Australia demonstrating that voter evaluations of leading politicians affect party choice in national elections has emphasised that in general it is only the current or recent leaders of the major parties who have an impact. Research through the 1990s has also shown that attitudes towards the major party leaders have consistently influenced voter stances on the question of whether Australia should become a republic. In the November 1999 republican referendum, the leaders of the two opposing campaigns – Malcolm Turnbull and Kerry Jones – were not mainstream politicians or party political figures at all. This paper uses data from the 1999 Australian Constitutional Referendum Study to investigate the extent to which responses to the leading personalities shaped voting decisions in the referendum and in particular to determine whether voters focused more on the republican and monarchist campaign leaders or on the leaders of the major political parties.

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ID Code: 7431
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Voting, constitutional referendums, political personalities, Australian republican referendum
ISSN: 0954-2892
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Comparative Government and Politics (160603)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Oxford University Press
Copyright Statement: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in International Journal of Public Opinion Research following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online (see link).
Deposited On: 01 May 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:40

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