Demographic Gaps in American Political Behavior
Westview Press (Boulder, CO), 241 pages, 2014
Patrick Fisher, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science and Public Affairs
Demographic Gaps in American Political Behavior examines the political
behavior of various groups in the United States in an effort to
demonstrate how demographic backgrounds and socialization affect
Media coverage has disproportionately focused on the red state
versus blue state divide, leaving the impression that American political
behavior is determined solely by place of residence. This, however,
ignores the numerous other political divides that exist in the United
States today. In order to better conceptualize the landscape of American
political behavior, the political gaps in six different
demographics—income, religion, gender, race, age, and geography—are
analyzed to examine the effect these political gaps have on public
opinion, policy, and party positioning.