Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

10-7-2010

Publication Source

PS: Political Science & Politics

Volume

43

Issue

4

Start Page

707

Last Page

712

DOI

10.1017/S1049096510001125

Abstract

Using the most extensive dataset available on the 2008 election, I examine the impact of dog ownership on presidential vote preference. Canines were elevated to the status of a campaign issue when, during the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama publicly promised his daughters a dog after the election was over, a campaign promise that has since been fulfilled. However, this announcement appears to have unintentionally highlighted the absence of a key point of potential identification between this candidate and voters, and thus to have significantly undermined the likelihood that dog-owning voters would support Obama. I elaborate upon the implications of this finding for future presidential candidates.

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Date Posted: 10 April 2013

This document has been peer reviewed.