Monday, October 10, 2011

IRCPPS in the Links: Income and Voting, US 2010 Midterm Elections

voteview blog has two pieces analyzing some of the determinants of voting in the 2010 US mid-term elections:
Below we show the relationship between income and voting in the 2010 Midterm Elections using the Current Population Survey (CPS, November 2010: Voting and Registration Supplement). In the graph below we plot participation by family income level (1 to 16, beginning at $5000 with the top 5 categories being $60,000, $75,000, $100,000, $150,000, and $250,000 or more). The relationship between voting and income is quite clear. Around $30,000 family income about 50% in the category vote with the participation rising to 70% at higher income levels.