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Friday, April 01, 2016

Sanders, Trump, and the Rise of the Non-Voters - The New Yorker

Perhaps this explains some of the surface similarities of their supporters. Several weeks ago, Henry Brady, the dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, tried to make sense of new data from the American National Election Survey, an academic group that did extensive surveys of voters in the early primary states, along the lines of much more detailed exit polls. Brady grouped each voter’s responses according to the candidate that voter supported, and then plotted the candidates by ideology, from Sanders on the left to Cruz and Trump on the right. The graphs kept resolving into an elegant U-shape: For many questions, the responses of Sanders voters most resembled those of Trump voters. They were the youngest, and the least educated. On certain issues—“xenophobia, racism, nationalism,” Brady said—they occupied opposite extremes. On others, the differences between them were slight. “Trump voters are almost as worried about economic inequality as Sanders voters,” he said, and more worried about it than anyone else.



Sanders, Trump, and the Rise of the Non-Voters - The New Yorker

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