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04.22.2019

Rurality, social identity is driving polarization in Iowa

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

What will shape voter attitudes heading into the 2020 election? New Iowa State University research finds rurality, education and race significantly predicted the change from Democrat to Republican in 2016. The findings counter the narrative that emerged from the 2016 election, which suggested blue-collar workers left behind by the economic downturn accounted for the shift.