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Unfortunately, academic research into the psychological effects of terrorism suggests that extremist organizations such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS) are on to something when they launch attacks before elections. In addition to causing death and destruction, terrorism can have a significant psychological impact on voters and electoral outcomes.For example, in the 2004 U.S. presidential election, American voters were still heavily influenced by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, even several years after the fact. In "Fear in the Voting Booth: The 2004 Presidential Election," a study published in Political Behavior in 2007, researchers from Duke University and Michigan State University cited surveys in which 42 percent of U.S. respondents deemed terrorism to be the most important issue in the election. Only 18 percent of survey respondents singled out the economy, and just 3 percent mentioned other traditional domestic issues.Just three days before the Spanish general election that year, 10 explosions at three stations killed 192 people and injured 2,000 more.Unlike in the 2004 U.S. election, and despite a strong economy, voters cast their ballots against the incumbent Partido Popular government.The Socialists secured almost 11 million votes – around 3 million more than it had four years earlier – and won 164 parliamentary seats, up by 39 .
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