Correction to p.150 of Voters' Victory?
The pattern of movement of party and voter positions on new politics issues is different from that of old
politics. Instead of parties moving toward the ends of the political spectrum
with parties on the left moving further left and parties on the right moving
further right, all parties have shifted to the left. Of all of the
parties in 1996, the Christian Coalition is furthest to the right largely
due to their position on moral issues. The Christian Heritage Party, one
of the two parties to comprise the Christian Coalition, seeks to advance
Biblical principles on the national agenda (Rainbow and Sheppard 1996,
179). However, the position of the Christian Coalition candidates and voters
is moderate on all other issues. The average candidate sees him or herself
in the centre on the left-right continuum while the voters are slightly
to the right. Boston et. al. (1996) has placed the Christian Coalition to the right of most
other parties. However, this ranking should apply only to moral issues
because both candidates and voters see themselves as more moderate than
ACT, National and United on all other issues. The clustering of both
parties and voters suggests that a consensus has been reached on issues
relating to new politics.
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