Sunday, September 28, 2008

What Makes People Vote...A Particular Way?

We're taking a Sunday break from our usual topics, the housing bubble and credit crisis.

It's a good time for a pause. To recap, Thursday p.m. brought the Largest Bank Failure Ever when Washington Mutual tanked, Friday a.m. saw Congress fail to reach consensus on a Housing Bailout Plan, and Friday
p.m. brought the First Presidential Debate.

By tomorrow, Monday a.m., a Bailout plan could be reached; and Wachovia, an important bank in our area, instead of failing may have reached an agreement with Citi to buy it.

Until then, here's a way to occupy your Sunday thoughts.

As we've mentioned in the past, we're a mixed blog: GOP, Dem, Independent.

We're very interested in what makes people tick in general, but in particular what's going to make them vote for McCain/
Palin v. Obama/Biden.

An essay by UVa prof Jonathan Haidt, Associate Professor of Psychology, got us thinking. Haidt poses a question from the get-go:

"What makes people vote Republican? Why in particular do working class and rural Americans usually vote for pro-business Republicans when their economic interests would seem better served by Democratic policies?"

Haidt does such a good job answering the question that we think he could be making big bucks serving as a pundit. For either party.

But here's a "real world" reason folks vote Republican: it's the GOP leading the outcry against taxpayer money being used for the Bailout. This is certainly something this blog can get behind, no matter which party supports it.

Jonathan Haidt does research on morality and emotion and how they vary across cultures. He is the author of the book The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom.

Read the essay "What Makes People Vote Republican?" here.

BTW? The NY Times still calls Virginia a toss-up for electoral votes.

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