Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do by Andrew GelmanOn the night of the 2000 presidential election, Americans sat riveted in front of their televisions as polling results divided the nations map into red and blue states. Since then the color divide has become a symbol of a culture war that thrives on stereotypes--pickup-driving red-state Republicans who vote based on God, guns, and gays; and elitist, latte-sipping blue-state Democrats who are woefully out of touch with heartland values. Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State debunks these and other political myths.
With wit and prodigious number crunching, Andrew Gelman gets to the bottom of why Democrats win elections in wealthy states while Republicans get the votes of richer voters, how the two parties have become ideologically polarized, and other issues. Gelman uses eye-opening, easy-to-read graphics to unravel the mystifying patterns of recent voting, and in doing so paints a vivid portrait of the regional differences that drive American politics. He demonstrates in the plainest possible terms how the real culture war is being waged among affluent Democrats and Republicans, not between the haves and have-nots; how religion matters for higher-income voters; how the rich-poor divide is greater in red not blue states--and much more.
Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State is a must-read for anyone seeking to make sense of todays fractured American political landscape.
Myths and facts about the red and the blue:
Myth The rich vote based on economics, the poor vote God, guns, and gays.
Fact Church attendance predicts Republican voting much more among rich than poor.
Myth A political divide exists between working-class red America and rich blue America.
Fact Within any state, more rich people vote Republican. The real divide is between higher-income voters in red and blue states.
Myth Rich people vote for the Democrats.
Fact George W. Bush won more than 60 percent of high-income voters.
Myth Religion is particularly divisive in American politics.
Fact Religious and secular voters differ no more in America than in France, Germany, Sweden, and many other European countries.
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On Oct. Embedded within it is arguably the greatest unseen political truth of our time. This seemingly sounds nuts. Thirty-two states have Republican-controlled legislatures. Eighteen of the 19 poorest states have legislatures where both chambers are Republican controlled. More: Stock market warning flags: potential trouble spots to watch. More: Housing market slows as prices and rates rise, helping buyers in Denver, other cities.
But while Catholics once were more likely to vote Democratic , they have never been monolithic politically. Today, Catholics are evenly split between the two major parties and are sharply polarized , much like the broader U. House of Representatives. White Catholics are more likely to vote Republican, while Hispanic Catholics overwhelmingly back Democrats. Most American Catholics are either white or Hispanic. Collectively, however, Catholics essentially balance themselves out at the polls on the national level.
The Democratic coalition is getting richer, while the Republican one is getting poorer. Working-class whites have been defecting to Red America while affluent ones joined up with Team Blue for decades now. As both parties became more socioeconomically diverse, their economic platforms would have to become less distinct. But this iconoclasm remains almost entirely rhetorical. Under George W.
The U. The major parties tackled economic issues from different perspectives, highlighting the divergence between Democrats and Republicans. But who are the people who actually vote Democrat?
Meri T. Long does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republicans want to know how Democrats can sanction abortion. But does either party really care more about compassion? These questions are integral to understanding how people feel about who in America deserves government support. The similarity in compassion among voters of both parties contrasts with other measures of personality and worldview that increasingly divide Republicans and Democrats, such as values about race and morality.
The little people have a voice! There was a lot of that. And vice versa. The country is not only divided, it is separated. For decades, researchers pointed out that shifting demographics—including the tendency among those with advanced degrees to move away from where they grew up—our communities have grown more ideologically homogenous.
The survey has two components. One is a random sample of about 28, voters, intended to mirror the electorate. This group is being contacted both by telephone and mail, giving voters the option of answering the questionnaire by phone or online. Respondents are drawn from a national list of registered voters. Spanish-language interviewers are available. Results from the random sample are used to calibrate a much larger, online survey of about 95, adults.