Specific Group Study: Effects of Perceptual Economic Judgements Upon the Voting Behavior of Small Business Owner/Operators of Michigan

dc.contributor.advisorKay, William D.
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Bradley D.
dc.descriptionvi, 78 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractPast individual-level studies of economic voting have increasingly subdivided policy-makers for the purpose of analysis. We seek to analytically subdivide the electorate to study the extent of economic voting among small business owner/operators in Michigan. Employing both past and futureoriented questions- and voting data from elections at both national and state levels of government, we study the effects of economic conditions upon the voting behavior among a specific economic group. Because fluctuation in economic conditions affect different groups in society differently and because different societal groups maintain different political traditions, it seems reasonable that such studies should pay attention to the particular relationships specific groups have with the economy and the political process. We find no evidence of economic voting occurring among the small business people of Michigan in the elections of 1982, with the possible exception of a slight relationship between past-oriented judgments of personal financial situation and voting in elections for U.S. Senate. In fact, we find evidence of opposite economic voting in all races except gubernatorial with respect to future-oriented judgments of personal financial situation. Party identification is apparently the strongest determiner in voting decisions among Michigan small business owner and operators.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsPreface -- Abstract -- Table of Contents -- List of Tables -- List of Appendices -- Introduction: The Search for Economic Voting -- A Specific Economic Group: Small Business Owners of Michigan -- Hypotheses: Seeking a Unique Relationship -- Setting and Data -- Our Results: An Abstract of Michigan Small Business -- Analyses: Our Search For Economic Voting -- Conclusion: Suggestions For Further Study -- Notes -- Appendix A: County Code -- Appendix B: Region Code -- Appendix C: Survey Results -- Bibliography
dc.relation.ispartofKalamazoo College Political Science Senior Individualized Projects Collection
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSenior Individualized Projects. Political Science.;
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dc.titleSpecific Group Study: Effects of Perceptual Economic Judgements Upon the Voting Behavior of Small Business Owner/Operators of Michiganen_US