Voter Information, Government Evaluations, and Party Images in the First Democratic Decade

  • Robert Mattes


This chapter proceeds from the assumption that citizens vote for the political party they think is best fit to govern them and protect their interests. As political scientist V. O. Key succinctly put it: “Voters are not fools.”1 Or, in Christopher Achen’s formulation, voters are “neither geniuses nor saints…. Voters do not ignore information they have, do not fabricate information they do not have, and do not choose what they do not want…. They are required only to do the best with the information they have.”2


Government Performance Opposition Parti African National Congress Vote Intention Black Voter 
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