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Party Identification, Realignment, and Party Voting: Back to the Basics
Warren E. Miller
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 85, No. 2 (Jun., 1991), pp. 557-568
Published by: American Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1963175
Page Count: 12
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The argument is presented for defining party identification by the root question, @'Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Republican, a Democrat, an independent, or what?@' With this definitional base, the partisan balance between Democrats and Republicans between 1952 and 1980 shows no evidence of realignment outside the South, belying the implications of the Markus--Converse and Fiorina analyses that suggest volatility in response to short-term influences. It also appears that the correlation between party identification and voter choices for president are very constant over time in the South as well as outside the South. Party line voting by party identifiers varies by region and party but did not decrease between 1952 and 1988.
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