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The Democratic Class Struggle in the United States, 1948-1992

Michael Hout, Clem Brooks and Jeff Manza
American Sociological Review
Vol. 60, No. 6 (Dec., 1995), pp. 805-828
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2096428
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The Democratic Class Struggle in the United States, 1948-1992
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Abstract

We present evidence of a historic realignment in the relationship between class and voting behavior in U.S. presidential elections in the postwar period. We take advantage of recent advances in class analysis and statistical methodology to introduce a distinction between "traditional" class voting and "total" class voting. Neither shows a decline in the postwar era. The realignment occurred since 1968, as professionals and nonmanagerial white-collar workers moved from voting for Republicans to supporting Democratic presidential candidates. Stronger support for Republicans among the self-employed and among managers has more than offset the shift of professionals and nonmanagerial white-collar workers to the Democrats. Skilled blue-collar workers have become volatile, moving away from their historic support for the Democratic Party without firmly attaching themselves to the Republican Party. Significant class differences in voter turnout also contribute to the total association between class and voting outcomes.

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