Racial attitudes and candidate evaluation
In November, 2009, Candis Watts and I were invited to the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS) at Duke University, to present our work on the effect of racial attitudes on candidate evaluations. Our findings, generally, are that racial attitudes have a significant impact on voter evaluations of candidates, but only when activated by the presence of a major-party minority candidate.
The paper on which our talk was based can be read or downloaded here [PDF], and the slides presented in concert with our talk may be seen below.
Incidentally, the R script for the very nice correlation matrix ellipses can be found at the R Graph Gallery.