Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States

ISBN-10: 0691159351

ISBN-13: 9780691159355

Edition: 2014

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Who Votes Now? compares the demographic characteristics and political views of voters and nonvoters in American presidential elections since 1972 and examines how electoral reforms and the choices offered by candidates influence voter turnout. Drawing on a wealth of data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey and the American National Election Studies, Jan Leighley and Jonathan Nagler demonstrate that the rich have consistently voted more than the poor for the past four decades, and that voters are substantially more conservative in their economic views than nonvoters. They find that women are now more likely to vote than men, that the gap in voting rates between blacks and whites has largely disappeared, and that older Americans continue to vote more than younger Americans. Leighley and Nagler also show how electoral reforms such as Election Day voter registration and absentee voting have boosted voter turnout, and how turnout would also rise if parties offered more distinct choices.Providing the most systematic analysis available of modern voter turnout, Who Votes Now? reveals that persistent class bias in turnout has enduring political consequences, and that it really does matter who votes and who doesn't.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Economic Inequality, Income Bias, and Turnout
Policy Choices and Turnout
Economic Inequality and Voting Inequality
Voter Turnout and Election Laws
Data and Chapter Outline
Demographics of Turnout
Measuring Voter Turnout
Measuring Socioeconomic Status
Measuring Race and Ethnicity
Demographics of Turnout, 1972-2008 (CPS)
A More or Less Representative Voting Population?
More or Less Income Bias?
Representation: Of the Eligible or the Available?
Current Population Survey: Sample and Variable Details
Additional Data on the Representativeness of Voters, 1972-2008
Theoretical Framework and Models
Costs, Benefits, and Demographics
Model Specification
Education and Income
Race and Ethnicity
Gender and Marital Status
Estimation Results for the Demographic Models of Voter Turnout
Additional First Differences for Income
The Legal Context of Turnout
Electoral Innovation in the United States
Previous Research on Electoral Rules and Turnout
Research Design and the Search for Effects
The Effects of Electoral Reforms: Difference-in-Difference Estimates
Cross-Sectional Time Series Analysis of Aggregate Turnout
Voter Registration and Election Law Data Set
Sources of State-Level Turnout and Demographic Data
Policy Choices and Turnout
Policy Choices and the Costs and Benefits of Voting
Policy Choices: Conceptualization and Measurement
Perceived Policy Choices, 1972-2008
Multivariable Analysis: Perceived Policy Alienation and Perceived Policy Difference
Perceived Policy Difference and Perceived Policy Alienation across Income Groups
Comparing Alternative Measures of Alienation and Indifference
On the Representativeness of Voters
The Conventional Wisdom
Political Differences between Voters and Nonvoters: 1972 and 2008
Who Votes Matters: Policy Differences between Voters and Nonvoters
A More Detailed Look at Preferences: 2004
Survey Question Wording
The Politics of Candidate Choices and Policy Choices
Turnout and Institutions
On Turnout and Political Inequality
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