chapter  4
Class and the White Vote
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It is well established that race dwarfs class as a political cleavage in the United States. 1 That is, race is a considerably more powerful predictor of vote choice than class, however defi ned, and race remains a statistically and substantively signifi cant predictor of vote choice even after economic characteristics are held constant. But this does not mean that there are not considerable class-based cleavages within each racial group. This chapter considers the degree to which whites remain divided by educational attainment, income, and union membership.