Sunday, September 23, 2012

National Review Editor: People Who Don't Expect to do Better in Life Identify With Democrats

On Saturday, MSNBC's Chris Hayes invited the National Review's Kevin Williamson. During a discussion on political demographics, Williamson provided some commentary (skip to 1:50):

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Williamson: A couple of things are left out of that, I think. One is especially people overlook is a very strong aspirational aspect to this. You have low income people who expect to do better in life tend to be more politically conservative tend to be politically identify more with the Republican Party. Very low income people who don't expect to do any better tend to be very strong with the Democrats.
 Two things I'd like to mention.

1. This.
2. Sorry, Edited for tact.

1 comment:

  1. This isn't really entirely a matter of opinion. A fair amount of research exists correlating optimistic views about one's own life with conservatism. E.G.:

    " Personal agency. This component reflected personal responsibility and control (a = .75 for the composite). Relative to liberals, conservatives scored higher on two measures of personal control (i.e., personal efficacy, interpersonal control), the three facets of personal responsibility (i.e., believe that prescriptions for goal-achievement are clearer, they are obligated or duty- bound to follow those prescriptions, and they have more personal control over their outcomes, see Schlenker, 1997), and conscientiousness.

    " Positive outlook and self-worth. Conservatives exhibit a more positive outlook and stronger feelings of self-worth, as indicated by greater optimism and self-esteem as well as lower depression and depressive symptomology (a = .83 for the composite)."

    More at the link.