Analysing the relationship between voter turnout and health in Ireland

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Title: Analysing the relationship between voter turnout and health in Ireland
Authors: Denny, KevinDoyle, Orla
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Date: Sep-2007
Online since: 2008-05-23T16:49:37Z
Abstract: Health issues are an integral part of the political agenda in Ireland. Yet no study to date has examined the impact of health concerns on political outcomes. This study investigates the relationship between health, both physical and psychological, and perceptions of the health service, and voter turnout in Ireland using the European Social Survey in 2005, (n=2286, RR 59.7%). The results show that individuals with poor subjective health are significantly less likely to vote in a General Election. Dissatisfaction with the health service is also associated with a lower probability of voting. However these effects interact: those with poor health and who are dissatisfied with the health service are more likely to vote. Psychological well-being has no effect on voter turnout. The health effects identified in this study are large and further work is needed in this area to identify the causal mechanisms underlying this relationship.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Medical Association
Journal: Irish Medical Journal
Volume: 100
Issue: 8
Start page: 56
End page: 58
Copyright (published version): 2007 Irish Medical Journal
Subject LCSH: Medical care--Ireland
Patient satisfaction
Voting research
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0332-3102
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