Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do (Expanded Edition)
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...more
I assigned this book to an undergraduate Political Science Research Methods class as a) a supplement to the material covered in the textbook; and b) an ongoing example to which we could refer back to, and a salient one at that, given the class's coincidence with the 2012 Presidential election.
When we had finished the book I asked my students what they thought of the book. They by and large liked the book but thought t...more
Despite much political writing about latte-sipping Democrats, the data shows that high-income people (the author does not distinguish between income and wealth, which is a personal pet peeve of mine but non...more
Since the 2000 election and the near dead even split in the electorate, the "red-blue" divide has captivated politicos. The blue states voted for Gore and Kerry, and the red states put George W. Bush in the White House. What has amazed a few people is the fact that the poor states are the red states,...more
For those of you not geeky in all the same ways that I am, this basically just means that Gelman has decided to ignore much of the conventional wisdom of political and demographic thinking and instead look at hard cold facts and statistics about how people actually vote and try to construct a...more
There is some interesting material on how the correlations are different in other countries and in Mexico how quickly things can change.
The value of this book is that it provid...more
This book smashes every voting stereotype out there and will truly enlighten any reader about how Americans actually vote. It makes the talking heads on television sound dumber. As elitist as it may sound I honestly wouldn't take anyone's opinion on why people vote for a certain party seriously if they have not read this book.
This book makes the reader ask more questions at its conclusion after answering millions. Simply amazing and amusing to read.
Backed up with t...more
I do wish there was more discussion of the underlying data sources (exit polls) and the limitations. It seems Gelman, who is usually great about discussing uncertainty, r...more
The takeaway is simple, completely intuitive, and rock solid. Yet it is something that gets fucked up by p...more
- Aspiration: I might be rich someday
- Fairness and admiration: Rich people worked hard and deserve more
- Skepticism: Don't trust the government
- Republicans support conservative views