Chart of the Day

Via Ezra:

This graph, for instance, is the best visualization I’ve seen of Larry Bartels’s striking data showing how different income groups do under Republican and Democratic presidents

bartelschart.gif

Much more here.

Bartels is an absolutely kick-ass political scientist and he as looked at this data over a long time frame.  A couple elections and this could be statistical noise.  This, however, is real.  You would income growth for more than just the wealthiest Americans?  Elect a Democratic president.  I would say the number don’t lie, but sometimes numbers can be used effectively in the hands of liars.  I’ve never seen, however, any decent empirical rebuttal of the fundamental truth told here.  If only more than a few political scientists and smart bloggers appreciated what this chart shows…

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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