An article in The Washington Times alerted me to research from 6th November by Michael Franc at The Heritage Foundation. Mr Franc shows that the wealthiest Americans are increasingly likely to vote Democrat:
"Democrats now control the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional jurisdictions. More than half of the wealthiest households are concentrated in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats. This new political demography holds true in the House of Representatives, where the leadership of each party hails from different worlds. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, represents one of America's wealthiest regions. Her San Francisco district has more than 43,700 high-end households. Fewer than 7,000 households in the western Ohio district of House Republican leader John Boehner enjoy this level of affluence."
And if that's surprising to some we should also remember the recent Arthur Brooks research that showed that conservatives give more to good causes:
"People who identify themselves as conservatives donate money to charity more often than people who identify themselves as liberals. They donate more money and a higher percentage of their incomes. It is not that conservatives have more money. Liberal families average 6 percent higher incomes than conservative families." (Thomas Sowell for RealClearPolitics).
To greater and lesser extents the same breakdown of the income-voting relationship is happening across the world. The path to conservative voters is not necessarily along a gravel path anymore. George W Bush had to win over the soccer moms. John Howard won four times with the votes of 'battlers' - and lost the premiership when they deserted him. Stephen Harper has his 'Tim Horton' voters. Electoral coalition-building is much more interesting as values compete with income as a determinant of voting behaviour.