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Research Log #2

Christian Arakawa
22 September 2017
EQ: What are the foundational differences between the primary political parties in America?
Three points to prove #1: Each political party differs in their fiscal policies.
#2: Each party focuses on a specific voter base that drives its social issues.
#3: The political parties have different stances on the military and diplomatic issues.
Point that this Source/Information Proves: #2: Each party focuses on a specific voter base that drives its
social issues.
Excerpts (These should provide insight into the designated Point to Prove):
For many, the Democratic base includes African Americans, Latinos, gays and lesbians, young voters, union
members and women. - Columbia university library
A majority of Democrats, 57%, describe their views on social issues as liberal. At the same time, Democrats are
about as likely to say they are moderate (37%) as liberal (41%) on economic issues. - Princeton
Democrats hold advantages in party identification among blacks, Asians, Hispanics, well-educated adults and
Millennials – people press
Republicans have leads among whites – particularly white men, those with less education and evangelical
Protestants – as well as members of the Silent Generation – people press
More than 6 in 10 Republicans today are white conservatives, while most of the rest are whites with other
ideological leanings; only 11% of Republicans are Hispanics, or are blacks or members of other races. By
contrast, only 12% of Democrats are white conservatives, while about half are white moderates or liberals and a
third are nonwhite. - Gallup poll

Analysis (How does this source support the Point to Prove?):


Both the democratic and republican party have their own voter base. You can think of those as solid red
states (Alabama, Texas, etc.) and solid blue states (California, New York, etc.). But there are a few states that
make or break an election for the candidate; these are swing states (Florida, Ohio etc.). This is where the
democrats and republicans come out in full force to get their voter base strong so that they can win the swing
states. This is where the two major parties make their stance and get their voter base strong so that they can win
the election.
The Democratic Party likes to talk about social issues to help grow its voter base. Theses can include
immigration, social rights, etc. The Democratic Party is a mix of all races and nationality. The race that the
Democratic Party rallies behind is typically the minorities (Mexican, Asian, African American etc.). They focus
on the blue collar working family. The democratic party tends to be filled with more working-class Americans.
This allows them to make social issues that can really make a point to the working men and women of America.
The Republican Party likes to talk to about "solutions" to social issues. They have ideas for health care,
immigration, and many more things that they think will work. The Republican Party is a mix of people
however; the majority of the party is filled with white supporters. They focus on issues that will support
themselves rather than the country as a whole. They make "solutions" that will only help their party and will
make them rich and make the rich even richer.
Work Cited (correct MLA format):
Tam Cho, Wendy. "Voter migration and geographic shooting of the American electorate." Ebsco
host. Taylor & Francis, LLC. June 2012. 20 September 20. 2017