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Linnéstudenternas användning av partitest och valkompasser: Användning, inställning och åsikter
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis treats of the usage of online voting advice applications, VAA, by Swedish students at the Linnaeus university. Four questions are investigated: 1) to what extent do the students use VAA? 2) do they follow the results? 3) are there any differences between groups? and finally 4) how do they reflect upon the VAA?

The thesis is based on a theory of electoral democracy where the elections and the voters are the focal point. The voters’ volatility is also theorised and put in connection with VAA.

A survey is used to answer questions 1–3 and semi-structured interviews to answer question 4.

The main findings are that a remarkable part of the Linnaeus students, 62 %, use VAA and the applications are mainly used by the young. A substantial part also seems to follow the results presented by the application, above all the students that took the VAA seriously. 14 % of the students based their vote exclusively on VAA results.

The students find positive and negative aspects to the use of VAA. They can be used for fun or be developing for the users. They should however only be used as a complement; the students point out that more information is needed to base the vote on. By informing the voters, the Linnaeus students think that VAA can mobilise voters and change their preferences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Voting advice applications, VAA, VAA use in Sweden, VAA use by students, Swedish voters
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49075OAI: diva2:896072
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Administration Programme with foreign language, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-01-25 Created: 2016-01-20 Last updated: 2016-01-25Bibliographically approved

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