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Income and Political Participation

Check out this graph of mean differences in rates of political participation among income levels from the data collected by students in the Capstone course (survey was of Columbia residents, N is a little more than 600):

Political participation includes voting, making a political contribution, attending a community meeting, attending a school meeting, going to a political protest, etc. It’s just a quick and dirty sum of all the political activities we asked about.

Income is household income, and so we just roughly divided the levels into lower income, middle, and upper.

The relationship between how much money people make and how active they are politically is pretty amazing. Looks like almost perfect linearity.

As I said to class today, if you wonder why politicians don’t care about the poor and are attuned to the needs of the wealthy, well here’s one reason why. The wealthy show up.

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