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Social vs Economic Issues: US vs NZ Elections

Posted on: November 6, 2008

Greg Mankiw has blogged about young voters abandoning the republican party in the recent Presidnetial election, citing this graph from Andrew Gelman

When discussing why he thinks this happened he cites anecdotal evidence from talking to undergrads at Harvard that

It was largely noneconomic issues. These particular students told me they preferred the lower tax, more limited government, freer trade views of McCain, but they were voting for Obama on the basis of foreign policy and especially social issues like abortion. The choice of a social conservative like Palin as veep really turned them off McCain.

I found this interesting as I generally fall into the same category, my utility function probably places a greater weight on social and foreign policy issues then economic issues. Since there is such a gulf between the democrats and republicans on social issues I generally tend to vote democrat in the US.

On the other hand, (despite what the parties say!) we don’t have anywhere near as much of a politcal divide on social issues in New Zealand so I generally vote based upon economic policies. Which, as you will have seen from our TVHE political quiz results, means I usually vote National.

As an aside, isn’t it random that a “Red State” is a Republican state when red is the socialist colour? According to my good friend wikipedia this just happened by accident and was a result of the the US news stations.

Agnitio:Votes blue in both countries

3 Responses to "Social vs Economic Issues: US vs NZ Elections"

Very interesting indeed. I really do think the Republican Party need to get back to their roots and ditch the Christian fundamentalist element that makes their social policies so archaic. Information like this supports the idea that they’ll be left behind unless they socially modernise.

[...] Social vs Economic Issues: US vs NZ Elections Since there is such a gulf between the democrats and republicans on social issues I generally tend to vote democrat in the US. On the other hand, (despite what the parties say!) we don’t have anywhere near as much of a politcal divide … [...]

A social issue (also called a social ill or a social problem) is an issue that relates to society’s perception of people’s personal lives. Different societies have different perceptions and what may be normal behaviour in one society may be a significant social issue in another society. Social issues are distinguished from economic issues. :

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