Iva Deutchman, professor of political science, is in the news this week discussing the Presidential election with an appearance in print and on national public radio. On Sunday, she was quoted in the Democrat and Chronicle in an article titled “Rochester area voters look at presidential election from many views” regarding the election. She added her perspective and insights to the historical 2008 election. To read the entire article, see below.
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, Deutchman was a guest on the “Joy Cardin Show” of Wisconsin Public Radio at 8 a.m. (Eastern time). They discussed the latest twists and turns in the Presidential election campaign.
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Deutchman holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in political science and economics. She is a professor of 20 plus years who has written a long list of publications in major journals, the latest of which is “Fundamentalist Christians, Raunch Culture and Post-industrial Capitalism,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Summer 2008. Anticipated in the Spring of 2009 is “Five Factions, Two Parties: Caucus Membership in the House of Representatives, 1994- 2002,” Congress and the Presidency, Spring 2009 (with Associate Professor DeWayne Lucas).
In addition to scholarly publications, she has been cited in various publications such as The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Time magazine, USA Today and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has appeared live on National Public Radio (NPR) programs as well as dozens of others local radio shows throughout the U.S. and Australia.
Rochester area voters look at presidential election from many views
Jill Terreri • Staff writer • Democrat and Chronicle • October 5, 2008
A small business owner worries about taxes. A farmer is upset about the worker shortage and energy costs. A lacrosse mom is concerned about her daughter’s future. An African-American senior citizen thinks this year could see a changing of the guard in American society. A mom wants her children to see a multicultural candidate win the White House.
The Rochester region is filled with diverse voters, from the staunch supporters of the major parties’ presidential candidates to those who admit they’ll vote for one candidate because they really don’t like the other.
The Democrat and Chronicle found 10 voters who represent various demographic groups. Their stories do not necessarily represent those of voters of similar age, residence and occupation, but they offer a close-up view of the issues driving the 2008 presidential election.
The economy tops the list of concerns for most of the American electorate, but that wasn’t the case for these 10 voters.
Two opinion polls, conducted Sept. 21 to 24, show that Americans are worried most about the economy, with terrorism a distant second.
The CBS News/New York Times poll showed 52 percent of Americans rating the economy and jobs as the most important issue in deciding which candidate to vote for. The Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll found 46 percent of Americans ranking the economy and jobs highest.
Terrorism and national security came in at 11 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
“Demographics are good predictors,” said Iva Deutchman, a political science professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. But she warns that exceptions are possible.
The younger generation that will vote this year for the first time, for example, are 65 percent Democratic, but using a student to represent all students is dangerous because 35 percent of them are likely to vote Republican, said Deutchman, who studies voting behavior and gender and politics.
University of Rochester professor Richard Niemi, who researches voting behavior, doesn’t believe that any one demographic will affect the election. “My attitude is all of them will make a difference,” he said.