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According to a new study by the Pew Research Center [ht: sm], less financially secure Americans lean toward the Democratic Party but are also less likely to vote, especially in midterm elections.
Financial security is strongly correlated with nearly every measure of political engagement. For example, in 2014, almost all of the most financially secure Americans (94%) said they were registered to vote, while only about half (54%) of the least financially secure were registered. And although 2014 voting records are not yet available, pre-election estimates suggest that 63% of the most financially secure were “likely voters” last year, compared with just 20% of the least financially secure.
And, of course, the different levels of political engagement matter. For example, the least secure group is more likely than those who are better off to say that businesses make too much profit (a 20-point difference with the most secure group). And while the least financially secure have a mixed view of government performance—about half (49 percent) say the “government is almost always wasteful and inefficient,” while nearly as many (48 percent) say government “often does a better job than people give it credit for”—there’s still a big difference from those at the top: among the two most financially secure groups, roughly six-in-ten fault the government for being wasteful and inefficient.
It is also perhaps not surprising that differing majorities across all of the groups—ranging from 67 percent of the least financially secure to 56 percent of the most secure—say that “good diplomacy is the best way to ensure peace.” The children of the least financially secure are more likely to have to go to war if and when diplomacy fails.
There are, of course, many reasons why U.S. government policies favor those at the top. But making sure those who are least financially secure don’t vote plays an important role.
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