The Psychology of the Nonvoter
November 22, 2016
You may think that the only people who were stressed out about the election were those who voted. However, according to new research, people who didn’t vote face a unique form of stress. According to
, many people vote for an unexpressed reason: they are afraid others will judge them if they don’t.
People proudly display their “I voted” stickers as a subliminal implication that they “did the right thing” by exercising their civic responsibility. According to this
, many people feel pressured to lie about whether they voted. Those who didn’t vote may fear being asked whether they voted and may fear the reaction of their peers when they admit they didn’t. Additionally, a
indicates people may vote to avoid lying or to avoid feeling left out.
What do you think? Have you experienced or witnessed voting-related stress?
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