Monday, October 01, 2007

Poor white southerners tend to vote for Democrats, too

Paul Krugmen dispels a common myth about southern voting patterns. The myth is that most poor whites vote Republican in the south. Key graph:
Contrary to what you may have read, the old-fashioned notion that rich people vote Republican, while poorer people vote Democratic, is as true as ever – in fact, more true than it was a generation ago. But in rich states like New Jersey or Connecticut, the relationship is weak; even the very well off tend to be only slightly more Republican than working-class voters. In the poorer South, however, the relationship is very strong indeed.