January 17, 2004


How Donations Depict Donors: Dean's Backers Differ the Most From Bush's, Model Shows (Thomas B. Edsall and Sarah Cohen, January 17, 2004, Washington Post)

They are young. They propel urban gentrification. They shop at Banana Republic, read Vanity Fair, like Audi A4s and watch reruns of "Friends." The $54,117 median family income of these well-educated, Internet-savvy professionals is relatively low in part because so many are single and live alone.

The people who meet these criteria tend to live in Zip codes that Claritas Inc., the demographics research firm, has classified as the nation's "Bohemian Mix."

They stand out in one other respect: They contribute to the presidential campaign of former Vermont governor Howard Dean (D).

Another strong Dean donor group is made up of what Claritas has called "Up and Comers" -- upwardly mobile, college-educated young singles who are heavy Internet users, shop at Ann Taylor and watch MTV.

The pattern of contributions to Dean shows how he has been able to tap into one of the fastest growing Democratic constituencies: well-educated, socially liberal and relatively affluent voters. [...]

While Bush did well in the "Blue Blood Estates" and "Upper Crust," the type of community where he stands apart from all the Democratic candidates has been named "Winner's Circle" by Claritas.

The youngest of the wealthy suburban Zip code classifications, Winner's Circle neighborhoods are dominated by "25- to 34-year-old couples with large families in new-money subdivisions." They ski, read Parents magazine, watch the Cartoon Network and drive Chrysler Town & Country minivans.

Bush received a disproportionately high percentage of his contributions from these folks, while all the Democrats fared relatively poorly.

Once you have children and responsibility towards others you become a Republican.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2004 10:33 AM

Unless you're an Iowa farmer, apparently.

Posted by: Eric T at January 17, 2004 5:34 PM

OJ, bingo!

I worked with a gal in her mid-20's who was pretty liberal. She didn't mind federal withholding because I guess she didn't notice. Then she got married and they bought a house. She started complaining about property taxes. She was still pretty socially liberal, and then she had a baby. Low and behold she moved from the left to the right. She still won't admit that she is going to vote for Republicans but I give her a couple of years to really come out of the closet.

Funny how taxes and wee ones do that to a person.

Posted by: pchuck at January 17, 2004 8:39 PM

That and she realizes at this point in time, her child's future is much less secure than hers was.

Posted by: Sandy P. at January 17, 2004 11:39 PM


This is precisely why marriage and having children is part of the nefarious Republican agenda.

Expect a Krugman column on it soon.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at January 18, 2004 7:14 AM