Young adults and politics: investigating factors influencing voter decision making

Tiffany M. Winchester, Wayne Binney, John Hall

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Abstract

Many parallels have been drawn between politics and marketing; however, the application of consumer behavior decision making to voter decision making is still an important research focus. Results from general elections around the world show that the turnout among young adults tends to be lower than in the general electorate, suggesting low interest and involvement in politics. This qualitative study investigated low-involvement decision making of young adult voters in Australia. Data were compiled from semistructured face-to-face interviews conducted with 29 young adults to explore their views, and NVivo software was used to assist with thematic analysis. Findings suggest that with low-involvement voter decision making, perceived knowledge and passive information seeking are important factors. Exposure to the media also plays an important role, and young voters rely more on traditional media such as newspapers and television than on social media for current political information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-257
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • consumer behavior
  • decision making
  • low involvement
  • political marketing
  • young adult voting

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