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The study of political elections.

[Greek psēphos, pebble, ballot (from the ancient Greeks' use of pebbles for voting) + -logy.]

pse′pho·log′i·cal (sē′fə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
pse·phol′o·gist n.


adjWahlforschungs-; psephological studyWahlforschungsstudie f
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Back, though, to the 'Can you name' question, the low response to the MP version of which has long bothered my academic psephological colleagues.
T]he long term effect of the NYPD-WFB alliance ran in an almost unbroken psephological line through the blue-collar support for Johnson and Nixon during the Vietnam war, thence to the Reagan Democrats in the early Eighties and, ultimately to the 'values voters' of today--the people who vote not with their class or race or gender but with their patriotic hearts.
In fact, a psephological analysis of that election in England and Wales revealed that the Conservative Party only increased its seat share by seven, while Labour increased theirs by nine.
But once we have all crossed the box and survived a night of Dimblebys, swingometers and psephological wizardry at least it will be all over.
Whereas psephological studies in the United States have demonstrated that the poor do not vote in significant numbers (presidential-election turnout in Harlem averaged 23 percent before Barack Obama's two candidacies), the opposite is true in India.
Internationally, other recent political successes were similarly contingent on shifting psephological sands.