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Title: 'Neither agree, nor disagree': A critical analysis of the middle answer category in Voting Advice Applications
Authors: Baka, Aphrodite 
Figgou, Lia 
Triga, Vasiliki 
Category: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Source: International Journal of Electronic Governance Volume: 5 Issue: 41732 Pages: 244-263
Abstract: This paper explores the meanings attributed to the middle category of a 5-point Likert scale that is commonly used by Voting Advice Applications (VAAs). Data was collected from 71 users of the VAA 'Helpmevote' (October 2010 for the Greek local elections), who were asked to justify their middle point answers. According to thematic analysis of the participants' answers, the middle points were used to convey lack of knowledge, but also dilemmas and rejection of the items' assumptions. Such findings address methodological issues related to the design of VAAs and set some goals for their future design. Copyright 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
DOI: 10.1504/IJEG.2012.051306
Rights: Copyright © 2014 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Type: Article
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