Handmaiden07, on Jul 7 2004, 01:51 PM, said:
Interesting statement... do you feel that being well off predisposes one toward being a Republican in this country?
It depends on where somebody draws the line between those who are and those who aren't. If you made a graph of likelihood of being Republican based on wealth, you'd find it going up throughout the range of incomes that most people deal with; for example, somebody who earns $200,000 per year is much more likely to be Republican than somebody who earns $20,000. But somewhere in the millions, the trend reverses and that line graph would go back down again, so that even though the "normal rich" or "low rich" are predominantly Republican, the "super ultra rich" are predominantly Democrat. (Think of the stereotypes of the liberal Hollywooder and the conservative "business tycoon"; the bigger money by far is in entertainment industry, with its big names' wealth dwarfing that of almost any CEO or business owner.) This year's Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates are a good example; they're all "rich", but the two Republicans' net worths combined
($50M+$15M) are just a bit less than Edwards's alone ($70M), and Edwards's is somewhere around a fifteenth of Kerry's (over a billion). For that matter, while writing that, I just noticed that these four men line up neatly in the same order along both financial and political spectra:
Kerry: richest one, rated most liberal Senator
Edwards: second richest one, rated 4th most liberal Senator
Bush: closer to Edwards than any other two are, but less, and a political mix
Cheney: the least rich, and the most consistently conservative
But, like I said, people that rich are such a small fraction of the overall population that the rule that being wealthier means being more likely to be conservative and/or Republican does hold true for most people in the less-than-millions range.