In making sense of the 2012 elections, U-M political scientists came to the same conclusion about what led to President Obama’s victory: race and gender affected which candidate voters chose.
From left: Donald Kinder, Vincent Hutchings and Michael Traugott. Photo by Eva Menezes.
Less than 24 hours after most ballots were counted – except for Florida – Vincent Hutchings, Donald Kinder and Michael Traugott offered their election analysis during a Wednesday panel at the U-M Institute for Social Research.
Most national polls accurately predicted a close U.S. presidential race. However, until the final few weeks before the elections, it was unclear how race and gender would affect the outcome. Exit polls showed several results that could impact future elections, especially for the Republican Party, the experts said. Continue reading
The two questions were tacked on at the last minute to a Survey Research Center (SRC) survey on foreign policy:
“In the presidential elections next month, are you almost certain to vote, uncertain, or won’t you vote?”
(If certain or uncertain) “Do you plan to vote Republican, Democratic, or something else?” Continue reading
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Though pundits and candidates suggest there is too much anger in politics, the emotion does have a potential benefit—it significantly motivates citizens to vote, according to a University of Michigan study. Continue reading
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Many Americans changed their perceptions of discrimination and racism after Barack Obama became the nation’s first black president. This belief that racial biases had softened, however, did not translate to positive feelings about policies that address racial disparities, according to a new University of Michigan study. Continue reading