WASHINGTON POST: British voters head to polls in a political landscape jolted by terrorism

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Release date: 5/6/2017

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The mass-casualty event will jolt the election even if it does not transform its outcome, said Edward Fieldhouse, a political scientist at the University of Manchester.

While noting that such attacks generally have a short-term effect on voters’ judgments, Fieldhouse said that because this one occurred so close to an election, “you would expect it to have some impact. And since it’s an issue around security, you would expect this to favor the more right-wing parties.”

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TitleBritish voters head to polls in a political landscape jolted by terrorism
Media name/outletThe Washington Post
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date5/06/17
DescriptionThe mass-casualty event will jolt the election even if it does not transform its outcome, said Edward Fieldhouse, a political scientist at the University of Manchester.

While noting that such attacks generally have a short-term effect on voters’ judgments, Fieldhouse said that because this one occurred so close to an election, “you would expect it to have some impact. And since it’s an issue around security, you would expect this to favor the more right-wing parties.”
URLhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/british-voters-head-to-polls-in-a-political-landscape-jolted-by-terrorism/2017/06/05/38f34ff0-49ed-11e7-987c-42ab5745db2e_story.html?utm_term=.a656fb079cbf#comments
PersonsEdward Fieldhouse