Party Identification (AP US Government and Politics)

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I created this PowerPoint to go along with my AP US Government and Politics lecture on Party Identification. The YouTube video lecture is available online. Here is the summary of the goals of this lecture:

In the United States, we have a two party system, but many American voters identify themselves as Independent. Are Independents truly independent? In what ways do they participate in the two party system? Furthermore, what factors influence party identification? What prompts someone to identify as a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent?

Mr. Richey, an AP Government teacher, will answer these questions in this lecture on Party Identification. Please subscribe for more lectures in AP Government, AP US History, and AP European History!

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Party Identification (AP US Government and Politics)

  1. 1. Party Identification #apgov
  2. 2. objectives 1. In what ways do people identify with political parties? 2. What factors influence party preference? @TomRichey
  3. 3. The Simple Version DEMOCRATS INDEPENDENTS REPUBLICANS
  4. 4. The Simple Version DEMOCRATS INDEPENDENTS REPUBLICANS 30% 45% 25%
  5. 5. Nearly half of the electorate self-identifies as independent.
  6. 6. Expressions of Party Preference 1. Voter Registration 2. Self-Identification 3. Tendency to Support Party a) Candidates b) Policies 4. Voting in Primary Elections
  7. 7. 98.3% Photo by Gage Skidmore Photo by Pete Souza 51.1% 1.7% 47.2% Voted for one of the two major party candidates in the 2012 election.
  8. 8. LEANERS
  9. 9. Some Independents Lean Left
  10. 10. Some Independents Lean Right
  11. 11. 98.3% Photo by Gage Skidmore Photo by Pete Souza 51.1% 1.7% 47.2% Chose a party when it came crunch time.
  12. 12. Expressions of Party Preference 1. Voter Registration 2. Self-Identification 3. Tendency to Support Party a) Candidates b) Policies 4. Voting in Primary Elections
  13. 13. DEMOCRATS INDEPENDENTS REPUBLICANS STRONG WEAK LEANS INDEPENDENT LEANS WEAK STRONG The Complex Version
  14. 14. Factors Influencing Party ID 1. Upbringing / Socialization 2. Life Experience 3. Attachment 4. Political Climate
  15. 15. 70% Your parents are most influential in determining your political affiliation.
  16. 16. Experience Matters, Too.
  17. 17. We get more attached with time.
  18. 18. As coalitions shift between parties, so do individuals. Realignment
  19. 19. E-LECTURE Available on YouTube! @TomRichey
  20. 20. LEARNING. DELIVERED.

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