What’s in a name? Your vote, apparently.
The New York Times sorted its presidential polling data with Siena College for the past two months by first name, and created a chart that shows the 10 most common female and male names, and whether these women and men said that they are voting for President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 general election.
The findings: If your name is Richard, Thomas, Nancy or Jennifer, you are likely to be voting for Trump. And if your name is Karen, Barbara, Anthony or Patrick, you are probably pulling for Biden.
Here’s a look at the 10 most common names of each gender, and the vote preferences of each, which the report drew from polls of more than 17,000 likely voters in 18 battleground states since September.
Some other notable results: More women in this poll said that they are voting for Biden, while men are about evenly split between the two candidates.
Sarah was Biden’s best name, male or female, while Janet was Trump’s best female name. Perhaps that’s because the name “Sarah” apparently skews toward those age 45 and younger, and Biden won over most younger voters in the Times polls. But Trump is winning over many middle-aged voters, which is probably why he’s so popular among Jennifers; Jennifer was the single most popular girls’ name for Gen X.
Biden’s best boys name is Patrick, perhaps because the Democratic candidate is a Catholic, himself, and he appears to be taking the Catholic vote 51% to 44%, according to the Pew Research Center. Popular Catholic names Anthony and Maria are also largely siding with Biden, the Times polling data found.
The boys name Donald supports Trump more than any other, perhaps because they share the same first name. The Times cites research suggesting that people are attracted to their own names, and one study even found that people were more likely to work at a company that shared their initials. Plus, Donald was a popular name from 1934 through the 1950s, and Trump polled well with Silent Generation voters born before and during World War II.
Josephs aren’t necessarily drawn to Biden, however, as the Times report found Joseph and Christopher were among the most neutral names in its database with a 50-50 split between the two candidates.
And then there are the Karens, a name that has become a slang term for a privileged white woman who carries out micro-aggressions against service workers and people of color. Putting the memes aside, it turns out that women actually named Karen say that they are voting for Biden.
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The Times also has a searchable table of all 102 names that had at least 30 respondents, so you can see whether your moniker made the list, and where it falls along the political divide.
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