class, values, American politics, vote choice
There has been much speculation recently as to the political effect that "moral values" have on Americans and much research has shown inconclusive results as far as the effect of class. This paper aims to study how class and values, including moral values and postmaterialist values, interact with politics in the United States. The analyses performed to determine these effects include crosstabulation and logistical regressions and will include data from the National Election Studies (NES). It is found that postmaterialist values have little effect on political behavior but in separate analyses, class and moral values have increasing influences on vote choice and partisan identification. It is also determined that moral values currently has more influence on presidential votes, but there is no clear indication that values are consistent indicators of House vote choice or partisan identification.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Keaton, Matthew, "Holy Books Or Pocket Books? Class And Values In American Politics" (2006). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 993.