Valenzuela's Research Featured in Vox: What Explains Obama-Trump Switchers?

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018

In A new study reveals the real reason Obama voters switched to Trump, Vox featured a forthcoming article by Ali Valenzuela and co-authors, Vote Switching in the 2016 Election: How Racial and Immigration Attitudes, Not Economics, Explain Shifts in White Voting. Professor Valenzuela's study shows that Obama-Trump switchers tended to score highly on measures of racial hostility and xenophobia - -and were not especially likely to be suffering economically. “Our findings suggest that racial and immigration attitudes may be continuing to sort white voters into new partisan camps and further polarize the parties.”

Ali Valenzuela is Assistant Professor of Politics and is a CSDP Faculty Associate. He is also associated with Princeton's Program in Latino Studies.