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  • the prevalence of party list systems, in whole or in part (as in the Additional Member System), makes the candidate and representative remote from the voter, compared with single member constituencies

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Is there any evidence to support the assumption that voters feel an affinity for their representative under FPTP?

My own view is that a great many voters have little or no awareness of the name, personality or opinions of candidates or their eventually elected representatives. Rather, they vote for a party, and are primarily influenced by the personalities of the party leaders and the second-hand opinions regarding policies that they absorb from the Media. This is particularly true for General Elections.

Posted by Mark Scott on 2008-01-29 14:01:04.
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