American voters generally do not vote their pocketbooks...

They understand that American voters generally do not vote their pocketbooks. Princeton economics professor Alan B. Krueger has written that: "political scientists and economists have been unable to find much of a link between individuals' self-interest and their position on a range of public opinion questions, or on their voting behavior... [V]oters appear to put more weight on what they think is in the country's best interest, using whatever clues they can."

Source: Source Alan B. Krueger [Princeton economist], “A Study Looks at What the Public Knows, Or Doesn’t Know, About Economics and Why,” The New York Times, April 1, 2004, Business Section., 2