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The effects of canvassing, direct mail, and telephone contact on voter turnout: A field experiment

  • Alan Gerber
  • Donald Green
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    We report the results of a randomized field experiment involving approximately 30,000 registered voters in New Haven, Connecticut. Nonpartisan get-out-the-vote messages were conveyed through personal canvassing, direct mail, and telephone calls shortly before the November 1998 election. A variety of substantive messages were used. Voter turnout was increased substantially by personal canvassing, slightly by direct mail, and not at all by telephone calls. These findings support our hypothesis that the long-term retrenchment in voter turnout is partly attributable to the decline in face-to-face political mobilization.

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    Paper provided by The Field Experiments Website in its series Natural Field Experiments with number 00248.

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    Date of creation: 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:feb:natura:00248
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