Candidates Listed First Get More Votes

In two new publications I looked at whether individuals listed first on the ballot received systematically more votes than those listed later.  In both North Dakota and California elections, first-listed candidates received a small (less than one percentage point) but consistent benefit from their positions.  The articles are available from…

Racism in the 2012 Elections

Results of a new survey I conducted in conjunction with the Associated Press and Stanford University suggest that racial attitudes will likely hurt President Obama's reelection prospects in 2012. In general, we found that the prevalence of anti-Black attitudes increased between 2008 and 2012. Predicting the influence of racial attitudes…