Who would vote NOTA? Explaining a ‘None of the Above’ choice in eight countries

Autor(en)
Carolina Plescia, Sylvia Kritzinger, Shane P. Singh
Abstrakt

In this study, we investigate who would vote 'none of the above' (NOTA) if this were available on the ballot paper using original data from eight European countries. In particular, we examine whether NOTA would be used by abstainers and voters to protest within the electoral process. We also test whether socioeconomic factors and specific and diffuse support for democracy and its institutions correlate with a NOTA vote. We find that having NOTA on the ballot would reduce invalid balloting more than abstention and much more than protest party voting. Our results also suggest that NOTA is related to socioeconomic status, political interest, political knowledge and distrust in political institutions and authorities, but not to broadly undemocratic attitudes. These findings have important implications for our understanding of the increasingly large amounts of abstention and invalid voting, as well as the growing distrust of political institutions, in democratic countries. They also hold lessons for electoral reformers.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Staatswissenschaft
Externe Organisation(en)
University of Georgia
Journal
European Journal of Political Research
Anzahl der Seiten
17
ISSN
0304-4130
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12497
Publikationsdatum
11-2021
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
506012 Politische Systeme
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Sociology and Political Science
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/who-would-vote-nota-explaining-a-none-of-the-above-choice-in-eight-countries(19e4551f-7f0c-47d7-9309-e081a9d98ff7).html