The Ambiguous Promise of a Post Racial Society: Racial Resentment, Partisanship, and the 2008 Presidential Election

Posted: 30 Nov 2012

Date Written: November 29, 2012

Abstract

Since the 2008 Presidential election a number of studies have surfaced asserting that the Presidential election of Barack Obama ignited stronger levels of racial resentment than in previous presidential elections. Employing data from the American National Election Study, this empirical analysis examines the effect of racial resentment on presidential vote choice in 2008. These findings suggest that the presence of an African American candidate activated strong racial attitudes. This study also finds that political party, racial resentment, and presidential approval were all significant predictors of vote choice in 2008.

Keywords: racial resentment, voting, Obama

Suggested Citation

Riley, Emmitt Y., The Ambiguous Promise of a Post Racial Society: Racial Resentment, Partisanship, and the 2008 Presidential Election (November 29, 2012). NCOBPS 44th Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2182673

Emmitt Y. Riley (Contact Author)

DePauw University ( email )

Greencastle, IN 46135
United States
6623920876 (Phone)

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