The 1988 Elections: Re-Emergence of the Labor Bloc Vote?

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This study examines union member voting behavior and political attitudes in three diverse Illinois congressional districts. In these districts the AFL-CIO employed a new phone bank system that first polled its membership to determine issue concerns, and then sent members campaign information tailored to the particular issue concerns of the individual member. Evidence of labor bloc voting is observed in all three districts. Respondents reported voting for the Democratic candidate for president and congress by a 2:1 or greater margin, as compared to voting for the Republican candidate. This
study concludes that in two congressional elections, labor provided the Democratic candidate's margin of victory, and in the third district surveyed, provided the Democratic candidate's margin of landslide. In addition, this study finds that respondents were influenced by union leadership, labor endorsements, and work- related issues in arriving at their voting decision.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-32
Number of pages28
JournalLabor Studies Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990


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