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Paul Goren is an associate professor of political science and a member of the university’s Center for the Study of Political Psychology.

U of M political scientist available to comment on the "psychology" of recounts

November 5, 2010

Over the past decade, the nation has witnessed a series of election recounts, beginning with the recount in the 2000 presidential race. What do recounts mean for our psyche and sense of the political process?

A University of Minnesota expert who can comment on election recounts is:

Paul Goren, associate professor of political science and a member of the university’s Center for the Study of Political Psychology, College of Liberal Arts


In an extremely close race, partisans tend to divide predictably on a recount, Goren says. “If the Democratic candidate prevails, Democrats will perceive the recount as fair, while Republicans will be more likely to suspect the outcome was rigged. If the Republican wins, Democrats will find the process more troubling than Republicans.”

When all is said and done in the Minnesota gubernatorial recount, Goren anticipates partisan differences to be muted to some degree.

Goren’s current research interests center on the role citizens play in the American political system; the extent to which policy attitudes shape voter choice in U.S. presidential elections; the impact partisan bias has on political perception, judgment and behavior; and the stability of political attitudes, beliefs and identities.

To interview Goren, contact Jeff Falk, University News Service, jfalk@umn.edu or (612) 626-1720.

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