Study suggests that in congress, working-class backgrounds matter

Study suggests that in congress, working-class backgrounds matter

New Berkeley research shows some members of Congress appear more influenced by working-class family backgrounds than others. 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.

"Having a working-class background tends to make members of Congress […]