A Statistical History of the America Electorate

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9781568023632: A Statistical History of the America Electorate

This work has added a new dimension of study to the nation's political system. It adds to the literature about actual results and voting returns from specific elections by gathering data over time - 200 years - and casting it into historical patterns.

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Jerrold G. Rusk is professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has taught previously at the University of Arizona and Purdue University. He is the coauthor of Measures of Political Attitudes, and his numerous articles on voting and elections have appeared in the American Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science.

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With this title, CQ further cements its place as publisher extraordinaire in the area of election statistics. CQ's America at the Polls and America Votes have long been two of the most heavily used sources for reliable voting statistics. This volume adds a historical perspective to the offerings, as it presents the electorate's vote for president, House, Senate, and governor from 1788 (if data are available) to 1999. Essays at the beginning of each chapter explain the data, put it in context, and expand upon the author's premise, introduced in the preface, that state and local politics play a larger role in America's political history than presidential races and other national influences.

Chapters devoted to the presidential, House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections show raw vote counts and percentages at the national, regional, and state level for Democratic, Republican, and "Other" categories. Additional tables on topics such as reelection rates for incumbents and vote shifts needed to change election outcomes provide interesting detail. Chapters and accompanying tables also address election laws that limited the eligible electorate and female suffrage acts; voter eligibility percentages for presidential elections; national, regional, and state voter turnout and mobilization percentages for presidential and congressional elections; and party competition at the national, regional, and state levels. A chapter is also devoted to considering inaccuracies that can occur when collecting election data. Explanatory notes and a list of sources accompany each table; these sources, along with those noted in the essays, are included in a bibliography.

Recommended for academic libraries that support political science departments. RBB
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