Suburban Voters

AP US Government and Politics

We know that most urban voters are Democrats and most rural voters are Republicans. But are suburban voters more likely to identify as Democrats or Republicans?

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  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What has happened to Republican support in urban areas over the past 20 years?

  3. What is one cause of this urban tilt?

  4. What has happened to Democratic support in rural areas over the past 20 years?

  5. What is one cause of this rural tilt?

  6. How much does the data in the chart accurately describe the place where you live?

  7. If you had to make a statement regarding party affiliation of rural versus urban voters what would it be?

  8. Can you think of a mnemonic device to help remember your party affiliation statement from question 7?

  9. Why do you think rural voters are so pro-Republican?

  10. Why do you think urban voters are so pro-Democratic?

  11. Based on the data above, what information do we need to know in order to predict the outcome of an election?

  12. It's a fact that people who register as independents generally vote for the same party year after year in elections. Why do these people who regularly lean in one direction register as independents?

  13. What is one advantage to registering as a member of a political party?

  14. Can non-citizens vote in federal elections?*

  15. Can non-citizens run for federal office?*

  16. Can naturalized citizens become U.S. Representatives or Senators?*

  17. Can naturalized citizens become U.S. President?*

  18. If subhumans are less than human, are suburbanites less than urbanites?

  19. What is one consequence of this big rural urban divide in America?

  20. How much has this urban/rural party affiliation divide grown over the past two decades, and if it continues, what will this urban/rural party affiliation divide look like in two more decades?

  21. How has this urban/rural divide impacted the Trump presidency?

*Answers

11. No

12. No

13. Yes

14. Heck No!

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Learning Extension

Check out all the fabulous charts in the Pew Research Center report on trends in party affiliation.

Action Extension

Create a mnemonic device to remember the party affiliation leanings of Americans based on race, gender, education, and generation. Share your mnemonic in class or online.

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Gender Gap, Education Gap, Age Gap, Baby Gap

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Is there a bigger gender gap, education gap, or generation (age) gap between Democrats and Republicans?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What is a major trend over time that you see in these charts?

  3. Describe one cause of that trend.

  4. Describes one consequence of that trend.

  5. Is this good news for our political system?

  6. How do you think this data impacted the 2016 election?

  7. Does the data accurately reflect your own experience?

  8. As the Pew Research Center noted in their 2016 report on party affiliation, the composition of the Republican and Democratic electorates are less alike than at any point in the past quarter-century. How many people do you know who are of a different party affiliation from you?

  9. If these trends continue, what will these gaps look like in 20 years?

  10. According to research, most voters registered as independents are not truly independent, and consistently lean toward one of the major parties. Why do you think people who are not truly independent still register as independent?

  11. Describe one policy that explain why the majority of women are Democrats instead of Republicans.

Learning Extension

Check out these super-cool interactive charts of party identification by demographic.

Action Extension

In 2000, my siblings and siblings in-law were evenly divided in political party affiliation. Today, we are all completely of the same political party. Survey your family and find out how many members of your immediate family are of different political parties. Then make a survey of your closest friends and find out how many members of your cohort are of different political parties. Share your results in class or online.

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Today, a 56% majority of women identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, while 37% affiliate with or lean toward the GOP.

Voters who have completed college make up a third of all registered voters. And a majority of all voters with at least a four-year college degree (58%) now identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, the highest share dating back to 1992. Just 36% affiliate with the Republican Party or lean toward the GOP.

African American voters continue to affiliate with the Democratic Party or lean Democratic by an overwhelming margin (84% Democrat to 8% Republican). Hispanic voters align with the Democrats by greater than two-to-one (63% to 28%), while Asian American voters also largely identify as Democrats or lean Democratic (65% Democrat, 27% Republican).

Overall when their partisan leanings are taken into account, 50% of registered voters identify as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party, while 42% identify as Republicans or lean toward the GOP.

Read more at the Pew Research Center.

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