A nation divided? Regional and economic effects on evaluations of the government
Strobing, Isabel Rose
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This paper aims to explore the role of region in economy-based assessments of the government. Both economic perception and outlook have strong effects on evaluations of the federal government, the President, and Congress. Furthermore, economic concerns are different across regions, and vary over time. Prospective evaluations of the economy differ based on region, more than retrospective evaluations of the economy. These findings suggest that people across the country react differently to the state of the national economy, and that region is an important aspect of government approval. Though more research will be necessary to explain why regional variation across economic evaluations of the government exist, this paper highlights the importance of region within government evaluations and suggests some implications of it.