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Ethical positioning and political marketing: the ethical awareness and concerns of UK voters

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Abstract:

There is clear evidence of increased voter awareness and concern for environmental and other ethical issues, leading many organisations to reappraise and communicate more effectively their ethical credentials. The manifestos of the three main political parties in the UK show clear differences in their positioning on ethical issues.

Following a qualitative investigation using in-depth discussions and ZMET, a questionnaire was developed and administered to a representative UK sample of 1,000 consumers. This included a measure of awareness, concern and action on 16 ethical issues, the scale developed from the Stages of Change concept within the transtheoretical model.

Using principal components analysis, ANOVA and chi-squared analysis, differences are identified in the ethical positions of voter groups affiliated with the three main parties. These differences are not consistent between different sets of issues, suggesting further scope for ethical targeting and positioning by political marketers.

Keywords: ETHICAL AWARENESS; ETHICAL ISSUES; ETHICAL POSITIONING; POLITICAL MARKETING; STAGES OF CHANGE; VOTER CONCERNS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1362/026725707X229984

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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