ERIC Number: ED220951
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Publication Date: 1980
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Socioeconomic and Attitudinal Variables as Predictors of Voting Behavior in School Financial Referenda.
Ritter, James R.
A survey instrument containing 46 socioeconomic and attitudinal items was administered to a sample of 452 registered voters in the Columbia (Missouri) School District. Three past financial elections and two hypothetical future financial elections were chosen in order to describe and analyze the relationships between socioeconomic and attitudinal variables and to determine whether or not an eligible voter (1) voted or did not vote and (2) voted "yes" or voted "no" in these elections. Statistical measures used to analyze the data included chi square tests and separate discriminant function analyses. Certain variables demonstrated high overall predictive potential in school financial referenda voting behavior. When correlated with voting or not voting, significant variables included number of children, mobility, income, and knowledge about the schools. Variables with high predictive potential for voting "yes" or "no" included number of children, political affiliation/orientation, home ownership, occupation, and attitudes toward adjusting teaching salaries upward, employing teacher aides, and spending more to lower the pupil-teacher ratio. Attitudes toward school programs and personnel appeared not to affect whether or not a person would vote in a school financial election, but did predict whether the person would vote "yes" or "no" in the election. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Discriminant Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Predictor Variables, Public Opinion, School Attitudes, School Budget Elections, School Districts, School Surveys, Socioeconomic Status, Voting
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