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Gender, race, age and voting: a research note

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Ansolabehere, Stephen; Hersh, Eitan

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Abstract In this brief analysis, we use a new dataset of two million voter registration records to demonstrate that gender, race, and age do not correlate with political participation in the ways that previous research has shown. Among Blacks and Latinos, women participate at vastly higher rates than men; many Blacks participate at higher rates than Whites; and the relationship between age and participation is both not linear and varies by race and gender. Survey research is unable to capture the true relationship between demographics and participation on account of survey bias and, more importantly, the non-linearity of effects. As a result, theories of participation, like the dominant resources-based models, have been built on faulty premises and tested with inadequate data. Our evidence calls for a renewed effort to understand election participation by utilizing large datasets, by being attentive to linearity assumptions, and by returning to theory.
Keywords data; United States of America; election; gender; voter; survey research; race; old age; voter turnout; demography
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 132-137
Journal Politics and Governance, 1 (2013) 2
ISSN 2183-2463
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution