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Are Democrats Really the Party of the Poor?: Partisanship, Class, and Representation in the U.S. Senate

SPSA: Rigby, Elizabeth, and Cory Maks-Solomon. 2018. “Who Represents the Rich? Who Represents the Poor?” In Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

APSA: Rigby, Elizabeth, and Cory Maks-Solomon. 2017. “Are the Rich Always Better Represented than the Poor?” In American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

  • Comments on the draft are welcome. Most recent draft can be found here. (And the Online Appendix is available here.)
  • This research received media coverage at Vox.
Rich and poor Republicans are more in agreement on social issues than they are on economic issues; meanwhile, rich and poor Democrats are in absolute agreement on economic issues but rich Democrats are more liberal than poor Democrats on social issues.

For each quintile (1 = poor; 5 = rich), the average ideology is plotted with a normally-distributed confidence interval surrounding it. The x-axis represents the percentage of issues that the respondent took a conservative stance, ranging from 0% to 80% of the issues.