The impact of political conviction on the relation between winning or losing and political dissatisfaction: findings from Sweden
2014 (English)In: SAGE Open, ISSN 2158-2440, Sage Open, ISSN ISSN 2158-2440, Vol. 4, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Election outcomes, or more specifically belonging to a political minority or majority, have a significant impact on citizens’ attitudes toward the political system and political involvement. This study aims to broaden our understanding in these regards by taking into account the effects of people’s political convictions on the relation between belonging to a political minority or majority and their dissatisfaction with the performance of the political system. Using a person-oriented approach, four groups of citizens were identified on the basis of their attachment to political parties. The group of people who were not politically attached to any of the political parties were the most dissatisfied, whereas supporters of parties in government were the least dissatisfied. Moreover, supporters of opposition parties who had high levels of political conviction were more dissatisfied than supporters of opposition parties who had lower levels of political conviction. Overall, the findings of this study show that it is crucial to take into account the individual characteristics of citizens when studying the relations between election outcomes and political attitudes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 4, no 2
political dissatisfaction, political attachment, election outcomes, political conviction, political minority, political majority
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35056DOI: 10.1177/2158244014535414OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-35056DiVA: diva2:717523