Who will line up to vote on Nov. 3? York University expert available to comment on American voter behaviour


TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2020 – Whoever they vote for, Americans who are trusting are more likely to cast their ballot on Nov. 3 − or earlier − than Americans who do not trust easily, York University Professor Cary Wu predicts.

He explains that people with low trust levels are less interested in politics, so they are less inclined to vote.

“This also means Southerners are less likely to vote in the upcoming elections,” says Wu, who has analyzed voting patterns for every U.S. presidential election since 1948. “Image of ballots and voting day messageThe internal migration between the north and the south does not change Americans’ trust in others, and it will have very little impact on their voting behaviour.”

Wu, a sociologist in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, is available to discuss:

  • Social trust as a predictor of American voting behaviour
  • Internal migration and its impact on trust and voting
  • Why southerners are less likely to vote
  • The impact of social trust on those who vote Republican compared to those who vote Democrat
  • Reasons for low Black voter turnout historically

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