Study: In Congress, working-class backgrounds matter

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New UC Berkeley research shows that members of Congress with working-class childhoods — especially Democrats — are more likely to cast roll-call votes for policies expanding opportunities for low-income families in health care, food aid, the minimum wage and higher education.

Findings from the study, conducted by Jacob Grumbach, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science and a graduate fellow at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, are summarized in the June edition of Political Research Quarterly. His complete analysis, “Does the American Dream Matter for Members of Congress? Social-Class Backgrounds and Roll-Call Votes,” is online . New Berkeley […]