Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections


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Which of the following is NOT an example of studying voter behavior?

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1. Your friend, James, considers himself a Republican. In the last presidential election, he voted for the candidate of the Democratic Party. Why is this an odd occurrence?

2. John Stanford is a Democratic candidate in the 2020 Presidential election. Thomas, a Republican, wants to vote for him because of John's recent speech in which he indicated that, if elected, he would make sure that the number of incidents involving the use of automatic weapons would decrease. Which of the following best describes why Thomas chose to vote for John?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In any election, every vote counts; in presidential elections, every influence on every vote counts, too. This quiz/worksheet combo will show how personal background, political parties and the presidential nominee impact voters' decisions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the meaning of:

  • Incumbent performance
  • Political issues
  • Voter behavior
  • Party identification

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how voter behavior is developed in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as incumbent performance
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast party identification and party affiliation
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how political issues influence voters and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the politics behind presidential elections, review the accompanying lesson on Influences on Voters During Presidential Elections. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the main factors behind voter behavior
  • Understand how demographics impact voter behavior
  • Define incumbent performance and explain its importance