Indigenous Voting in Chile: Ideological Preference and Ethnic Support in the Mapuche Electorate

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Toro Maureira, Sergio
Jaramillo Brun, Nathalie
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REVISTA DE CIENCIA POLITICA,Vol.34,583-604,2014
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This article seeks to explore the political preferences of indigenous peoples in Chile. Specifically, it attempts to challenge conventional wisdom, which holds that the Mapuche are largely right-wing oriented, and that they also bear a low adherence level to their own ethnicity. In light of the results of 2950 polls in presidential and parliamentary elections in La Araucania we argue that there is no significant correlation between Mapuche and right-wing voting. In contrast, there is a positive and significant correlation between Indigenous votes and Indigenous candidates.
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