The Power of Place

Where you live seems to have an effect on how you vote -- but what about where you actually vote? In a not entirely convincing ...
by | June 24, 2008
 

Polling_place_2 Where you live seems to have an effect on how you vote -- but what about where you actually vote?

In a not entirely convincing study, Penn Prof. John Berger shows that Arizona voters who cast ballots in schools were more likely to support an educational funding measure on the 2000 ballot, according to the Arizona Republic .

Assistant Professor Jonah Berger of the University of Pennsylvania, the study's lead author, said voting in a school may "prime" your mind toward a sense of civic duty and make you more likely to support measures benefiting children.

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He is interested in conducting additional research on voting locations, including whether voting in a church influences choices on stem-cell research and gay marriage.

I'd be more willing to support his grant application if he'd demonstrated a bigger effect. The pro-school vote in schools was 56 percent -- not much greater than the 54 percent vote in other locations.

Maybe people who vote in schools... live near schools, have kids and for that reason are willing to pay higher taxes to support education.

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