Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do (Expanded Edition)

Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do (Expanded Edition)

by Andrew Gelman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691143935

ISBN-13: 9780691143934

Pub. Date: 12/07/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

On the night of the 2000 presidential election, Americans watched on television as polling results divided the nation's map into red and blue states. Since then the color divide has become symbolic of a culture war that thrives on stereotypes--pickup-driving red-state Republicans who vote based on God, guns, and gays; and elitist blue-state Democrats woefully out

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Overview

On the night of the 2000 presidential election, Americans watched on television as polling results divided the nation's map into red and blue states. Since then the color divide has become symbolic of a culture war that thrives on stereotypes--pickup-driving red-state Republicans who vote based on God, guns, and gays; and elitist blue-state Democrats woefully out of touch with heartland values. With wit and prodigious number crunching, Andrew Gelman debunks these and other political myths.

This expanded edition includes new data and easy-to-read graphics explaining the 2008 election. Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State is a must-read for anyone seeking to make sense of today's fractured political landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691143934
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/07/2009
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
675,364
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

PART I: THE PARADOX 1

Chapter 1: Introduction 3

Chapter 2: Rich State, Poor State 8

Chapter 3: How the Talking Heads Can Be So Confused 24

PART II: WHAT'S GOING ON 41

Chapter 4: Income and Voting over Time 43

Chapter 5: Inequality and Voting 58

Chapter 6: Religious Reds and Secular Blues 76

Chapter 7: The United States in Comparative Perspective 94

PART III: WHAT IT MEANS 109

Chapter 8: Polarized Parties 111

Chapter 9: Competing to Build a Majority Coalition 137

Chapter 10: Putting It All Together 165

Afterword The 2008 Election 179

Notes and Sources 197

Index 241

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