Political Party Identification

AP US Government and Politics

What demographic group has the strongest Republican Party identification?

Pew Research Center

AP US Government and Politics

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this chart?

  3. Describe any trends you can identify in the data.

  4. How did the information in the chart impact the 2016 presidential election?

  5. How did the information from the chart impact the 2018 midterm election?

  6. Why do you think Mormons voters identify so strongly with the Republican Party?

  7. Why do you think Black voters identify so strongly with the Democratic Party?

  8. Which of the groups listed in the chart is the largest in population?

  9. Which of the groups listed in the chart is growing most quickly?

  10. Of the parties listed in the chart, which has support from demographic groups that are growing the most quickly?

  11. What information that this chart does not include would help you determine who will most likely win the next election?

  12. Which of the groups in the chart are you a part of?

  13. How accurately does the data from the chart reflect your own party identification?

  14. Imagine you are having a conversation with any one of the groups listed above. Explain to them why they are wrong to support the party they tilt towards.

  15. If you were a Republican political party operative, what about the chart would cause you the most concern and what would make you the most excited?

  16. In the comments section, explain how the information from the charts will affect strategy and the outcome of the 2020 presidential election?

  17. Overall, describe how Democrats and Republicans compare in terms of total support.

  18. Explain then, with this advantage, why Democrats don’t always win elections.

  19. Describe how political socialization impacts the data from the chart above.

  20. Based on the chart above and your knowledge of American politics, respond to the following claim: if people just voted as Americans instead of as Jewish-Americans, White Southern-Americans, Mormon-Americans, etc., our country would be more united.

Visual Extension

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Learning Extension

Read the entire Pew Report on party identification.

Action Extension

Contact the Republican Party or the Democratic Party and, based on the data in the chart, explain to them what electoral strategy they should adopt.

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