Examining 2006 with a 1994 lens
The following paper attempts to better understand why wave elections occur by comparing the 2006 election with the wave election of 1994 when the Democratic and Republican roles were reversed and to compare the effectiveness of traditional polling methods utilizing 4 point scales with 7 point scales to determine if the later are able to more effectively explain the mood of the electorate, vote selection, and seat change. The results suggest that 7 point scales offer a richer explanation of an individual's views than 7 point scales do. 7 point scales seem to provide more opportunity for individuals to express nuanced opinions than traditional 4 point scales, and my findings indicate that these nuances are related to an individual's vote in an election.
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