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Introduction to Sociology 1101A Spring 2008 Class Notes 03.25.08 I. Chapter 11: Politics and economics A. U.S. political system 1. Voting patterns a. Only slightly more than half of eligible voters vote for president. b. Voting increases with age. Lowest among 18 to 24 years olds (42%) and highest among those 65 and older (71%). c. Whites are most likely to vote (66%), African Americans are the second most likely to vote, (56%), Latinos are least likely to vote (28%). d. Voting increases with educational level. Range is from grade school only (24%) to college graduate (73%). e. Voting increases with annual income. Range is from under $5,000 (21%) to over $75,000 (57%). f. Women are slightly more likely to vote than men; 65% to 62%. 2. Voting dynamics a. Social integration: the more people feel they have a stake in the political system, the more likely they are to vote; people who have been better rewarded by our political and economic systems feel more socially integrated. b. Voter alienation: feeling of hostility or betrayal, feeling of being an outsider, distrust of politicians.
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