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Debunking the myth that poor whites vote against their interests for Republicans

Richey, Sean, Taylor, J. Benjamin, Glas, Jeffrey M. and Zhu, Junyan (2016) Debunking the myth that poor whites vote against their interests for Republicans. Impact of American Politics & Policy Blog (29 Mar 2016). Website.

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Recent years have seen the rise of the idea that poor whites in America have developed a tendency to vote for Republicans, who in general do not have their best interests in mind. Using National Election Survey data, Sean Richey, J. Benjamin Taylor, Jeffrey M. Glas and Junyan Zhu take a close look at this idea of ‘incorrect voting’, and find that poor whites actually tend to vote for Democrats – who do better represent their interests – around 75 percent of the time. They also comment that when poor whites do vote against their interests, this tends to be third party candidates, rather than Republicans.

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Additional Information: © 2016 LSE Impact of American Politics & Policy blog
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F001 United States local history
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2016 15:39
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:18

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