Prof. Amy Jasperson’s Research on the Sympathy Vote Cited in The Atlantic
Publication Date: 9/2/2014
Research by Dr. Amy Jasperson, associate professor and chair of Rhodes’ Department of Political Science, is mentioned in The Atlantic article “Is the ′Sympathy Vote′ Real?” about Brazil’s upcoming presidential election.
Candidate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash Aug. 13, and his running mate Marina Silva has replaced him on the ticket, reshaping the race.
Can grief sway voters? The concept Jasperson wrote in a 2006 study, “suggests that after the death of a candidate, the deceased candidate’s party is likely to win the race when it benefits from an outpouring of support in honor of the deceased.”