Posted by danspira
How the U.S. Population Actually Voted (Cartogram)
more stats: WordPress Bloggers Who Like To Fill Surveys vs. People in the U.S. Who Voted
Posted on November 5, 2008, in Analytics, humor. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
wow that cartogram site is awesome.. mmmm colours..
it’s weird that there are more hard core democrat areas than there are hard core republican areas. (i thought it would be the opposite) (the areas on the last maps where it’s pure blue v/s pure red – and not purple)
i know someone who is working hard pushing across the bill for a popular vote election. what’s ur thoughts on that?
1) As a “hard core independent” (purple), I’m more interested in issues than parties… but I do respect the way the U.S. electoral system manages to balance power between rural and urban areas, between the older, more populous states and the newer more sparsely populated frontier –even if I’ve been a northeastern urbanite all my life. This also happens in the Canadian Parliamentary system, although the voting blocks are more finely sliced up — individual districts as opposed to entire provinces. If the U.S. switched over to a county-by-county system for its national elections, it would be a huge mess.
2) I think you meant there are more “hard core republican areas” than “hard core democrat areas”– the keyword there is “areas.” A standard map shows that there are more areas (and more area) on the map that is 70% or more Republican. However, the cartogram helps visualize the fact that a huge percentage of the population lives in areas where the voting trend is largely for the Democratic Party.
3) I think popular votes make sense for certain key issues (e.g. a referendum on whether Quebec should separate from Canada… just as an example…) but not for electing leaders and their political parties.
4) Will Barack Obama’s administration reverse the trend of eroding the separation of powers and consolidating power to the Executive Branch of government? Probably no–oh wait, that wasn’t your question, never mind.
5) I am hopeful about America’s future. Again, as an independent voter, I hope that now that the campaign is over, people on “both sides” can stop trying to outsmart each other, just be true patriots and stand by their elected leader. Oh wait, that wasn’t your question either…
i also meant “hard core democrat” areas.. ie areas that are pure blue v/s areas that are pure red.
there’s more “red shade” than blue.. but there’s more pure blues… ie there area more areas in the US that are and are surrounded by hard core democrats… whereas the hard core republicans are always accompanied by a few democrats..
im referring to this picture:
u werent too hopeful about america’s future before? 😉
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