I’d Like to See More of This Kind of Election Map

November 10, 2014 at 5:22 PM Leave a comment

We’re all familiar with the standard old red and blue election map, like this one from the 2012 presidential election:

Standard Election Map via personal.umich.edu

(Image via personal.umich.edu)

Of course all states don’t have the same number of people in them so it’s kind of misleading not to differentiate between say, Wyoming — population 582,658 — and New York state — population 19,651,127.  The map tells us that one voted Republican and one voted Democratic but that’s about it.

I like this kind of map much better — it’s based on population:

Election map based on pupulation

(Image via personal.umich.edu)

And here’s what the map would look like if both population and party votes were incorporated into one:

Percentage of voters

(Image via personal.umich.edu)

You’d never know from the map at the top, for example, that in 2012 there were a whole bunch of Democratic votes in the Arkansas/Louisiana/Georgia area of the country.



Entry filed under: 2012 Election, Democrats, Including Blue Dogs & "Liberals", Republicans, Including Wingers & "Moderates".

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