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Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do - Expanded Edition by [Andrew Gelman]

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Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do - Expanded Edition Revised Edition, Kindle Edition

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Gelman and a group of fellow political scientists crunch numbers and draw graphs, arriving at a picture that refutes the [idea] . . . of poor red-staters voting Republican against their economic interests. Instead, Gelman persuasively argues, the poor in both red states and blue still mostly vote Democratic, and the rich, nationally speaking, overwhelmingly vote Republican.---Leo Carey, New Yorker

Commentators on both the left and the right have theorized about why working-class Kansas farmers and latte-sipping Maryland suburbanites vote against their economic interests. . . . The real paradox, [Gelman] says, is that while rich states lean Democratic, rich people generally vote Republican; while poor states lean Republican, poor people generally vote Democratic.
---Alan Cooperman, Washington Post Book World

This is the
Freakonomics-style analysis that every candidate and campaign consultant should read.---Robert Sommer, New York Observer

Gelman works his way, state by state, to help us better understand the relationship of class, culture, and voting. The book is a terrific read and offers much insight into the changing electoral landscape.
---Sudhir Venkatesh, Freakonomics blog

[T]his book already analyzes far more data than do most. On that note, it is worth lauding another of this book's strengths: its rich graphical presentation of evidence. Its numerous figures often allow the reader to see the data and to draw one's own inferences, and they render the book accessible to those with little statistical training.
---Gabriel S. Lenz, Public Opinion Quarterly

Although the book is stronger on description than interpretation, it raises important questions and presents its findings in a clear and readable fashion that encourages replication, critique, and elaboration. . . .
Red State, Blue State shows that much can be learned from applying serious quantitative analysis to popular ideas. It debunks popular misconceptions, but also reveals the limitations of most academic analyses.---David L. Weakliem, International Review of Modern Sociology --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


This impressive social science analysis stands much political punditry on its head. So far as voting goes, the question is less why poor Americans are victims of false consciousness than why affluent Americans in wealthy states are traitors to their class.
Morris P. Fiorina, author of "Culture War?: The Myth of a Polarized America") --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004MPRDW2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Princeton University Press; Revised edition (Dec 7 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 8400 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 276 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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