Ideological Realignment in the U.S. Electorate

  title={Ideological Realignment in the U.S. Electorate},
  author={A. Abramowitz and Kyle L. Saunders},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={634 - 652}
Using data from the 1976-1994 American National Election Studies and the 1992-94 ANES panel survey, this paper demonstrates that the outcomes of the 1994 and 1996 elections reflected a long-term shift in the bases of support and relative strength of the two major parties. This shift in the party loyalties of the electorate was based on the increased ideological polarization of the Democratic and Republican Parties during the Reagan and post-Reagan eras. Clearer differences between the parties… Expand
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