Describe a McGovern-Reagan Voter
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« on: January 17, 2021, 05:08:03 PM »

I say, more upper class, educated person who grew older and supported Reaganís fiscal policies.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2021, 12:37:06 AM »

A socially conservative Irish-American Democrat in Massachusetts. Remember that Massachusetts-McGovern's only state-voted for Reagan twice. 1984 was the last time that Massachusetts has voted Republican at the presidential level. Reagan ran well ahead of Nixon in working class and middle class precincts of Boston and its suburbs, which aided him in winning the state.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2021, 05:36:19 AM »

Boomers
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2021, 10:49:55 AM »

Somebody who opposed busing and became a conservative because of that in Massachusetts

Also upper class/yuppies as well.
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2021, 11:37:45 AM »

Lots of them in my state.
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2021, 12:58:36 PM »

SD and MA voters.
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2021, 01:19:40 PM »

An upper middle class person who was in college in 1972 and was perhaps involved in activism, but by the 80s had a well-paying job in something like finance and had a young family.
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2021, 09:26:29 PM »

Someone like Eugene McCarthy
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2021, 11:43:43 PM »

An upper middle class person who was in college in 1972 and was perhaps involved in activism, but by the 80s had a well-paying job in something like finance and had a young family.

Basically the characters in The Big Chill
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2021, 09:58:32 PM »

A young 21 years old leftist idealist anti war that went to college in 1972 who then graduated and became a well off buisness man with a wife and kids.
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2021, 10:52:01 PM »

Probably many Yuppies
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2021, 11:37:28 PM »

I know Reagan in 1984 outperformed Nixon in Michigan. That might have actually been because Gerald Ford prevented it from trending too Democratic in 1976, and the suburban growth that was happening was a positive demographic change for the GOP at the time.

Reagan was helped in Massachusetts by some white ethnic groups assimilating and no longer identifying with the Democratic party.

Reagan did better than Nixon in heavily Mormon Utah and Idaho because his social conservative side seemed more authentic.

Carter and Mondale notably alienated voters in the western United States over their water policies.

Other than that, I don't think there were a ton of McGovern-Reagan voters. Reagan seems to have mostly just won back Nixon voters.
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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2021, 12:04:22 AM »

Reagan ran on abolishing Selective Service in 1980, so perhaps a single-issue anti-draft voter.
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2021, 04:56:14 PM »

Hippy turned yuppie.
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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2021, 03:21:09 PM »


Bill and Hillary Clinton.
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« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2021, 03:52:38 PM »

There probably weren't that many outside of SD and MA. Nixon got 36% of the DEM vore in 1972 and McGovern got only 29 million votes, Mondale 37 million.
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« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2021, 04:59:21 PM »

A lot of boomers who were left-wing/anti-draft/hippies in the 60s and early 70s, but turned conservative during the Carter/Reagan presidency.
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« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2021, 09:53:15 PM »

Name a McGovern-Ford voter:  McGovern.
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« Reply #18 on: Today at 03:22:42 PM »

Just based on the numbers, there look to have been quite a few in the parts of California north of Sacramento.
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