Predicting voting patterns based on demographics

New York Times statistician Nate Silver recently posted this brief introduction to predicting someone’s voting based on their demographic characteristics:

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/in-politics-demographics-are-not-destiny/

This is a very simple, but substantive, introduction to how “behavioralist” American political scientists (like myself) try to understand the political world and why people think and behave they way they do, politically-speaking.

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