Income and Vote Choice in the 2000 Mexican Presidential Election

Andrew Gelman, Jeronimo Cortina
2006 Social Science Research Network  
Using multilevel modeling of state-level economic data and individual-level exit poll data from the 2000 Mexican presidential election, we find that income has a stronger effect in predicting the vote for the conservative party in poorer states than in richer states-a pattern that has also been found in recent U.S. elections. In addition (and unlike in the U.S.), richer states on average tend to support the conservative party at higher rates than poorer states. Our findings are consistent with
more » ... re consistent with the 2006 Mexican election, which showed a profound divide between rich and poor states. Income is an important predictor of the vote both at the individual and the state levels.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1010104 fatcat:4xloem2uurgxdht5aqwmp2dooy