Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


Policy in the American States, Erikson, Wright, and McIver (1993) study the effects of individual state partisanship and political ideology on state presidential voting. In general, they found that partisanship and ideology affected presidential voting independently of one another. In addition, from 1988 through 1992 (the last year of their study), they found that ideology became more important in explaining variation in presidential vote. Renner (1997) took this study further, and showed, using newer data, that since 1992, partisanship and ideology have become more equal in their explanation of tile variance in presidential voting.