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The dramatic idiom is not misplaced. A pro- The Intrinsic Values of Party 37 tagonist in the political drama can evoke from the electoral audience a response at the polling station which has mainly to do with the values of having one's heroes prevail. The same point is suggested by other idioms that are often applied to the electoral contest, especially those of games. Commentaries on politics are rich with sporting metaphors, and the values of partisan loyalty may be as intrinsic to the contest as the values of loyalty to a team.
The British data are drawn from our 1964-6 panel. 1 Moreover, the role that a partisan self-image is found to play in shifts of electoral preference is consistent with the evidence that it links the electoral preferences of the American voter with more remote sociological influences, especially the identifications of religion and class. In other words, party identification seems in America to supply the link by which sociological identifications have an enduring influence on electoral choice. See A.
Why is that? And how much do you think that having elections makes the Government pay attention to what the people think? Why is that? Parties and the Voter's Goals 29 By any test this sequence of questions proved extraordinarily difficult for the ordinary respondent to cope with; it was clear, whatever the defects of our question wording, that we were on difficult ground. It was also clear that many voters felt that the Government did most things without any reference to the public's views. Fully half our sample replied to the first of these questions by saying that they didn't think the Government paid much attention to what the people thought, and less than one in ten felt that the Government paid a great deal of attention.