One Vote or Many Mexicos? Income, Heterogeneity, and the 2006-2012 Presidential Elections

Jeronimo Cortina, Narayani Lasala-Blanco

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Abstract

Objective: This article investigates the role of income and income heterogeneity on voters' preferences for the conservative party. Methods: Fitting a series of logistic regressions on exit poll data from the 2006 and 2012 Mexican presidential elections. Results: We find that heterogeneity mediates the effect of income on the probability of voting for the conservative candidate. Conclusion: In more heterogeneous places, rich voters are more likely to support the candidate on the right than their counterparts in more homogeneous places, while poorer voters are more likely to vote for Partido Accion Nacional in less heterogeneous places. In more heterogeneous states, voters are more likely to encounter members of other socioeconomic groups who prompt them to vote for the party that better represents their group's interests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-210
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Science Quarterly
Volume97
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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