Effekte des Wahl-O-Mat auf politisches Wissen über Parteipositionen

Schultze, M.
Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 22 (3), (S. 367-39).

The Wahl-O-Mat offers an efficient and reliable way of gathering information prior to elections. Because of the tool’s format that confront the users with a large number of issues that do not belong to the individual issue public of a citizen and a comparison with the parties’ positions on these issues it is assumed that using this tool leads to a learning effect about party positions. In this paper I examine whether there is such an effect on the knowledge in the context of the 2009 German Federal Election and on the basis of an online survey which is representative for the German online community. The empirical results show that the knowledge about party positions is very heterogeneous and the amount of misinformation is high. Using a multivariate path model for categorical data the empirical analyses reveal that the usage of the Wahl-O-Mat has a positive effect on the political knowledge about party positions.

Zitation (APA)

Schultze, M. (2012). Effekte des Wahl-O-Mat auf politisches Wissen über Parteipositionen. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 22(3), 367-39.