Memo: The Convergence Among Racial, Gender, and Economic Attitudes in 2018

By Nick Davis (@ntdPhD)

This memo explores how attitudes across three major domains that were predictive of voting in 2018, economic preferences, gender, and beliefs about the persistence and nature of racism in America, and a fourth category of preferences about the criminal justice system intersect.

The analysis will show that Democratic voters are also extremely well-sorted with respect to these domains. In other words, most voters do not divorce matters of racial and economic justice.

However, in the case of self-described “moderate” and “liberal” Democrats, we find compelling evidence that, while both groups of individuals lean to the left, operational ideology among the former is less progressive than the latter.

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