Ahead of the 2020 elections, survey data indicates that independents and low-income Republicans could be moving toward Democrats.
Washington, D.C. — June 11, 2019
The media narrative heading into the 2020 presidential election has emphasized divisions within the Democratic Party between moderates and progressives on economic policy. However, a report released today by the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group titled, “On the Money: How Americans’ Economic Views Define — and Defy — Party Lines,” shows that Democrats are largely unified on economic policy, while Republicans are more divided.
In the report, co-authors Lee Drutman, Vanessa Williamson, and Felicia Wong explore how American voters explain why some people are rich and others are poor, what effects wealthy people and corporations have on society, and how narratives about wealth and poverty relate to their economic policy preferences.
Among the report’s key findings:
Views on Wealth and Inequality
Impacts on Voting Behavior
“We found a strong correlation between the stories Americans tell themselves about how the economy works, their policy preferences and their voting behavior,” said Felicia Wong, president and C.E.O. of the Roosevelt Institute. “One in five Republican voters, mostly lower- income, buy the progressive story on economic policy, but their votes have yet to reflect these values.”
“When it comes to economic views, Democrats are generally united and Republicans are more divided,” said Vanessa Williamson, fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. “When it comes to voting, we haven’t seen that divide yet. But independents seem to be moving in the direction of the Democrats.”
The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group is a research collaboration of leading analysts and scholars from across the political spectrum. The full report can be found at www.voterstudygroup.org, along with other research from the Voter Study Group.
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