Matthew L. Bergbower is Associate Professor of Political Science at Indiana State University.
This is a valuable book for anyone interested in learning about American public opinion and political behavior. Matthew Bergbower concisely discusses scholarly theories and empirical research on voter turnout, vote choice, political knowledge, and polarization in a way that is inviting and accessible for students and non-experts. After reviewing what we know about the American electorate, the final section of the book presents a helpful series of policy recommendations aimed at enhancing citizens' political engagement that could serve as a foundation for class discussion and debate. Patrick Flavin, Baylor University Unlike much work in this area, this book does not just focus on public opinion or political participation; it focuses on both. Each chapter explains the major theories to help the reader understand why people think and behave the way they do. Including lots of graphs and tables to provide a clear picture of the American electorate, this book is a must for any course that examines voters. Drew Seib, Murray State University This book expertly illustrates the changes that have taken place in electoral politics over the past 75 years. Bergbower's discussions of party identification, voter decision-making, and citizen engagement are accessible for both those inside and outside academia, and offer smart policy recommendations to produce a better informed, tolerant, and active electorate. Heather Evans, Sam Houston State University