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Wellbeing and Voting Shifts

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Herrin, Jeph (Yale University)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
psychological wellbeing; voting patterns
  • Abstract

    Population wellbeing, an aggregate measure of positive mental, physical, and emotional health, has previously been used as a marker of community thriving. We examined whether several community measures of wellbeing, and their change since 2012, could be used to understand electoral changes that led to the outcome of the 2016 United States presidential election. We found that areas of the US which had the largest shifts away from the incumbent party had both lower wellbeing and greater drops in wellbeing when compared with areas that did not shift. In comparison, changes in income were not related to voting shifts. Well-being may be more useful in predicting and understanding electoral outcomes than some more conventional voting determinants.

    These data contain wellbeing responses for 6 different voting shift areas.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2012-01-01 / 2016-12-31
    Time Period: Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2012--Sat Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2016 (2012 and 2016 elections)
Geographic Coverage
  • United States

Update Metadata: 2018-02-26 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2018-02-26

Herrin, Jeph (2018): Wellbeing and Voting Shifts. Version: 2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.