Anglo voting on nativist ballot initiatives: The partisan impact of spatial proximity to the US-Mexico border Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective. In this study, we examine how contextual factors influence voting behavior on nativist ballot initiatives using California's Propositions 187 and 227. We argue that spatial proximity to the border is associated with voting behavior on nativist initiatives. Methods. To examine the influence of environmental factors on Anglo voting behavior on nativist ballot initiatives, we utilize California Field Polls, U.S. Census data, and spatially referenced data generated using GIS software. Results. The results indicate that spatial proximity to the border is an important component in individual-level voting on nativist initiatives and that the impact of proximity to the border on the vote for Propositions 187 and 227 varies as a function of individual-level partisan affiliation. Conclusions. These findings hold implications for future research regarding the influence of geospatial boundaries and political behavior. 2007 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Branton, R., Dillingham, G., Dunaway, J., & Miller, B.

citation count

  • 53

complete list of authors

  • Branton, Regina||Dillingham, Gavin||Dunaway, Johanna||Miller, Beth

publication date

  • September 2007