Mapping the Cultural and Partisan Divide in Representation Preferences

David C. Barker and Christopher Jan Carman

in Representing Red and Blue

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796564
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979714 | DOI:

Series: Series in Political Psychology

Mapping the Cultural and Partisan Divide in Representation Preferences

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This chapter uses data from the 2006–2009 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES) to test our expectation that cultural traditionalists (and especially evangelical Christians) tend to prefer trustee-style representation more instinctively than do other types of Americans. The chapter describes the results from a series of multiple regression analyses, each one predicting preferences for either instructed delegates or trustees from, in turn, measures of the value orientations which were described in Chapter 3, measures of traditionalistic Christian religiosity, which we have argued bring these value priorities together, and party identification. This chapter finds that the values of liberal popular democracy predict citizen preferences for instructed delegate-style representation, whereas Christian traditionalism predicts preferences for trustee-style representation. All of this ultimately translates into Democrats preferring the instructed delegate style more consistently than Republicans do.

Keywords: Cooperative Congressional Election Study; representation style; traditionalistic Christian; delegate trustee; party identification

Chapter.  6900 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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