|08-16-2004, 11:15 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hot Springs, Ouachitah
This is rather amusing.
Political Affiliation and Demographics
Republican/Democrat Party Affiliation and Conservative/Liberal Identification
I've scoured the Web for interesting polls, studies, and opinions (see links below) detailing the personal and socio-economic characteristics that may predict a person's ideological leanings or party affiliation.
Some generally accepted political stereotypes are validated by statistical tendencies: Republicans/conservatives are more likely to have higher incomes, members of minority groups are more likely to be Democrats/liberals, etc.
Statistically, you're more likely to be a Republican and/or conservative if you're:
a college graduate
in the top income bracket
an evangelical Christian
living in a rural area
Statistically, you're more likely to be a Democrat and/or liberal if you're:
a senior citizen
living in an urban area
Here are the references used for the list above and other resources for further reading on this subject.
The Harris Poll: Party Affiliation
Results of year 2000 survey of 13,000 adults.
2000 Exit Polling
Demographic data from exit polling during the 2000 elections.
Republican Voting Trends
Major demographic groupings in the United States.
Party Negativity or Neutrality?
Research paper analyzes long-term trends in party alignment.
An Alternative Analysis of Mass Belief Systems: Liberal, Conservative, Populist, and Libertarian
Policy analysis from the Cato Institute.
The Party of the Rich?
Commentary from Dean Esmay.
Preserve, Protect, Defend
Commentary from Michael Spencer: "Republicans seek to preserve what is essential about American life, while Democrats seek to replace what is essential with their own liberal brand of tyranny. There are many, many other differences, but this is the persuasive one."
Communication Styles and the Florida Ballot Flap
Scott Hogenson links politics and the Myers-Briggs analysis of personality and communication styles.
The Gender Gap's Back
Two factors explain almost all of the gender gap in presidential politics.