Income Inequality and Voter Turnout


Abstract

What is the effect of income inequality on voter turnout in the United States? Previous research into this relationship has produced mixed results – as consensus is lacking on whether inequality reduces turnout for all income groups. According to the political science literature, little evidence exists of a direct effect of rising income inequality on widening political disparities. The purpose of this paper is to provide more analysis on the effects of income inequality on voter turnout. Using United States (U.S) Census Bureau data on voter turnout by family income in November 2020 – I predict that higher levels of income inequality significantly reduce voter turnout.


View paper here