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January 09, 2013

Power Shift: Michael Adams and Celinda Lake comment on the recent US election and new American values

The latest issue of Policy Options (published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy) features an incisive analysis by Institute President Michael Adams and US pollster Celinda Lake on how the re-election of Barack Obama was made possible by a changing American electorate.

Why does demographic change matter to politics? Different demographic groups are not hard-wired to vote differently. But while demographic traits do not automatically give rise to particular preferences, traits such as age, ethnicity, gender, family status and sexual orientation profoundly shape life experiences and in turn inform people’s ideas about economic and political issues.Changing demographics matter electorally mainly because they are connected to shifts in socio-cultural values.

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