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Don't Give Up Hope: Emotions, Candidate Appraisals, and Votes

Don't Give Up Hope: Emotions, Candidate Appraisals, and Votes

Chapter:
(p.231) Chapter Ten Don't Give Up Hope: Emotions, Candidate Appraisals, and Votes
Source:
The Affect Effect
Author(s):
Marion R. JustAnn N. CriglerTodd L. Belt
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226574431.003.0010

This chapter concentrates on the effect of conscious consideration of emotion as a vital domain in which emotion can play out its role in human affairs. It is suggested that hope is a powerful coping mechanism that can mold perceptions about candidates and bias information search. It is also the key emotion in voting decisions and is essential for the democratic process. As hope for a candidate increases over time, individuals become more consistent and appraise all of the candidate's traits and issue positions in positive ways and the opponent's in negative ways. The 1996 election campaign showed the significance of hope, its compensatory relation to fear, and the consistency of hope and fear with candidate appraisals. The evidence about the role of emotions and appraisal in campaigns demonstrated that campaigns serve important informational functions.

Keywords:   emotion, hope, candidates, voting, 1996 election campaign, fear, candidate appraisals

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