Lots of blogosphere buzz over a recent Heritage study purporting to find that Democrats are the real “party of the rich”—which is sort of odd given that, except at the absolute megabillions tippy-top of the income distribution, it’s well established that income and voting Republican are positively correlated. Until you look at what they’re actually claiming. Turns out it’s a lot of things like this:
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.
Dems tend to do better in more densely populated urban areas, so it’s not exactly a shock to learn you’ll find more wealthy households in those areas. You’ll find more households, period in those areas: That’s what “densely populated” means. Those 18 states may have over half the wealthiest households, but they also have over 41 percent of the total U.S. population. And while places like New York City may have immense concentrations of the hyper-rich, that doesn’t mean they’re the Democratic base: The very wealthy are a small minority of voters pretty much everywhere.
As for Congressional districts, is it all that surprising to learn that the party that controls 53 percent of all House seats also controls a majority of the “wealthiest congressional jurisdictions?” They’re presumably the poorer-wealthiest jurisdictions, though, since eight of the ten richest Congressional districts are represented by Republicans, despite all being around major metropolitan areas.