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ERIC Number: ED011135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Pages: 43
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Reference Count: 0
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A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF INCONSISTENT VOTER BEHAVIOR IN SCHOOL BUDGET ELECTIONS.
PATTERSON, WADE N.; SCHOONHOVEN, JOHN VAN
QUESTIONNAIRES WERE SENT TO A 10 PERCENT SAMPLE OF INCONSISTENT VOTERS IN TWO OREGON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHO HAD NOT VOTED IN A PREVIOUS, UNSUCCESSFUL SCHOOL BUDGET ELECTION, BUT WHO HAD VOTED IN A SUBSEQUENT SUCCESSFUL ELECTION. DESPITE DEMOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE DISTRICTS IN LEVEL OF SCHOOLING COMPLETED, OCCUPATION, INCOME, PERIOD OF RESIDENCE, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, AND RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE, REASONS FOR VOTING POSITIONS WERE SIMILAR IN BOTH DISTRICTS. APPROXIMATELY THREE-FIFTHS OF THE VOTERS FELT THEIR SUPPORT WAS NEEDED OR RECOGNIZED THE VALUE OF EDUCATION. IN EACH DISTRICT ONE-FOURTH OF THE VOTERS ATTRIBUTED THEIR FAILURE TO VOTE TO FORGETTING OR TO BEING UNAWARE OF THE ELECTION. A MAJORITY IN BOTH DISTRICTS FELT THEY HAD A LEGITIMATE REASON FOR NOT VOTING PREVIOUSLY AND SEEMED DETERMINED TO UTILIZE THEIR VOTE TO AFFECT THE FINAL OUTCOME. STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES WERE NOTED IN BOTH DISTRICTS BETWEEN POSITIVE VOTING AND VOTERS WITH CHILDREN IN SCHOOL AND MORE COMPLETED YEARS OF SCHOOLING. SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS IN ONE DISTRICT (NOT SUPPORTED BY THE SECOND DISTRICT) RELATED POSITIVE VOTING TO (1) PERSONS UNDER 45 YEARS OF AGE, (2) LEVEL OF OCCUPATIONAL SKILL, (3) SPOUSES AS INCOME PRODUCERS, AND (4) FAMILY INCOMES OVER $5,000. (HM)
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Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. School of Education.
Identifiers: Oregon (Eugene); Oregon (Springfield); PORTLAND