Economics, Politics and the 2004 Election: Electoral Victory and Statistical Defeat

21 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2005

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William D. Nordhaus

Yale University - Department of Economics; Cowles Foundation, Yale University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: May 10, 2005

Abstract

The 2004 election has been interpreted as a resounding victory for conservative values. Was it in fact a mandate? The present analysis examines recent electoral outcomes and the 2004 election with particular reference to economic and political fundamentals. Looking at both aggregate results and exit polls since 1972, it examines three models of performance relative to economic and political fundamentals. Additionally, it identifies the trends for different socio-economic groups. It concludes that the Republican candidate in 2004 did significantly worse than would be predicted based on economic and political fundamentals.

Keywords: 2004 election, exit poll, political equations

JEL Classification: E6, D72, P16

Suggested Citation

Nordhaus, William D., Economics, Politics and the 2004 Election: Electoral Victory and Statistical Defeat (May 10, 2005). Yale Working Papers on Economic Applications and Policy Discussion Paper No. 7, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=820324

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