The Economics of Elections: How Growing Inequality Affects General Election Turnout (2008 – 2020)
This paper examines the relationship between income inequality and voter turnout in states from the 2008 election to the 2020 election. The study utilizes economic, political, and election data from several sources, including the United States Election Project, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), and the National Conference of State Legislatures to estimate the relationship between income inequality and the percentage of eligible voters that turn out to vote in U.S. national elections. I found that income inequality has a meaningful, negative relationship with voter turnout in Presidential elections. Additionally, a variety of economic and political variables have statistically significant and meaningful relationships with the level of turnout in a Presidential election. Future research should consider building upon this study by examining how wealth inequality and perceptions of inequality relate to voter turnout.
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