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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-19-05 03:17 AM
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133. I'm not a social psychologist either
I'm a cognitive psychologist, so I'm sorry I wasn't able to come up with something a little more definitive in the way of a citation. Here's one from the cognitive literature.

http://psych.wustl.edu/memory/Roddy%20article%20PDF%27s...

But also somewhat tangential.

However both are germane in the sense that they deal with the hypothesis that memory is constructed - and that we tend to "remember" things that accord with our current construct of reality even if these are at odds with what actually happened.

But neither would be germane if there was not evidence that it happens with regards to past votes. Which is why I cited the UK pieces.

And my fundamental point is that we cannot assume that all reports of past vote are accurate, particularly when both consistency patterns (same guy both times) and bandwagon patterns (favoring incumbent) would tend to work in the direction of over-reporting of Bush votes in 2000, and would account for the apparent shortage of Gore voter in the survey.

What is rather harder (for me) to believe is that substantial numbers Gore voters would have voted for Bush. But frankly I find it hard to believe that anyone voted for Bush, and clearly they did. Some of them are even friends of mine.

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