Generational political patterns: The case study of presidential election results in Kearney, Nebraska

H. Jason Combs, Kaitlyn Taylor, Paul Burger

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Politicians and scholars alike have evaluated and studied voting patterns at various geographical levels for decades. Projects have examined voting patterns for presidential elections, Congressional races, and even confirmation votes in the Senate. Our project builds on these previous studies by spatially examining voting trends in Kearney, Nebraska. A total of 2,110 ballots were completed by local elementary and middle school students and compared to the 11,909 votes cast for president in 2012 by the adult population. As anticipated, there was a strong positive correlation (r = +0.738) between the adult and student vote totals. Additionally, multiple socio-demographic variables, such as, employment, higher education, home ownership, and income help explain the voting patterns at the precinct-level in Kearney.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-79
Number of pages17
JournalPennsylvania Geographer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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