WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2004
POPULATION DENSITY AS A PREDICTOR OF VOTING
GLENN linked to an article at TECHCENTRALSTATION by Patrick Cox titled "A Tale of Two Maps."
Cox - and others who have been commenting on the various RED STATE/BLUE STATE maps - generally look for sociological explanations for the glaringly obvious correlation between population density and party affiliation, as if everyday aspects of urbaneness and urban civil, class and tax structures might explain why a clear majority of people who choose to live in more densely populated areas tend to be Democrats. (In fact, Kerry and the Democrats carried only cities with a population of over 500,000, while Bush carried a majority in all cities with a population of less than 500,000. So what we might ask is: "what is so different about these 500,000+ cities that makes them so blue?")
Popular Vote, Population Density
These two maps reveal that this is actually quite an evenly split nation -- coastal urbanites versus heartland rural/suburbanites:
Because the areas are unequal but the long-term vote results are approximately equal, we can assume that areas with higher population density tend to vote for Democrats, and lower for the Republicans.
This country would be better off if the republican party dissolved completely and was replaced by sane people.