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Income and voting myth, recycled

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Jay Nordlinger at NRO recycles the old myth that rich people vote Democratic.

I’ve just come back from a weekend in Vermont — and here’s how I understand it: Modestly off people — “real Vermonters,” as some people say — are voting for McCain and Palin. Comfortably off people, such as those who own ski chalets, are voting for Obama and Biden. And the following has been frequently noted about the city of my residence, New York: The rich are voting Democratic. And those who work for them — driving cars, cleaning rooms, and so on — are voting Republican.

This has been thoroughly debunked before.

Actually, people mention this alleged fact all the time — but the truth is just the opposite.

From the 2006 exit polls:

VOTE BY INCOME TOTAL Democrat Republican
Less Than $100,000 (78%) 55% 43%
$100,000 or More (22%) 47% 52%

And the fact that people with higher incomes are more likely to vote Republican has been consistently true since 1972.

The interesting question is why so many pundits know for a fact something that simply ain’t so.

Never underestimate the power of denial.

UPDATE: More thoughts on this topic from Yglesias, Gelman and Razib.

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Written by Ramesh

November 2, 2008 at 10:09 pm

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