Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


This research examines the factors that influence how members of the US House of Representatives vote. Party affiliation of the legislator and constituency interests will be the two main independent variables. The district's constituency characteristics are represented by constituency ideology ('96 Presidential vote for Clinton), percent non-white, region, and the median household education. Three models are used to measure congressional voting behavior. The first of which is measured by the rating of the member's vote with the Christian Coalition. The second and third models are derived from the National Journal Ratings of social and economic liberalism of the member's vote.