Verification of Bush State Stereotypes


What characterizes states that vote for George W. Bush?

An analysis of voting patterns reveals that their populations tend to:

  1. Lack a college education
  2. Be White
  3. Be obese
  4. Shop at Walmart

[frequently asked questions, including what does all this mean? and you're an asshole, aren't you?]


Main findings:


Sources for the numbers:


The raw data

State % Bush 2000 % B.A. or higher % Obese % Caucasian # Walmarts /100,000 inhabitants
Alabama 56.5% 22.7% 28.4% 71.1% 2.18
Alaska 58.8% 24.0% 23.5% 69.3% 1.39
Arizona 51.0% 26.0% 20.1% 75.5% 1.02
Arkansas 51.3% 17.4% 25.2% 80.0% 3.30
California 41.7% 29.8% 23.2% 59.5% 0.49
Colorado 50.8% 36.0% 16.0% 82.8% 1.43
Connecticut 38.4% 33.5% 19.0% 81.6% 0.95
Delaware 41.9% 28.1% 24.0% 74.6% 0.98
DistrictofColumbia 9.0% 46.4% 20.3% 30.8% 0.00
Florida 48.8% 25.8% 19.9% 78.0% 1.18
Georgia 55.0% 25.0% 25.2% 65.1% 1.44
Hawaii 37.5% 27.0% 16.4% 24.3% 0.56
Idaho 67.2% 22.5% 21.8% 91.0% 1.24
Illinois 42.6% 28.1% 23.2% 73.5% 1.14
Indiana 56.6% 22.2% 26.0% 87.5% 1.63
Iowa 48.3% 24.6% 23.9% 93.9% 2.04
Kansas 58.0% 31.0% 22.6% 86.1% 2.24
Kentucky 56.4% 21.3% 25.6% 90.1% 1.97
Louisiana 52.6% 22.3% 24.8% 63.9% 2.11
Maine 44.0% 23.7% 19.9% 96.9% 1.91
Maryland 40.2% 37.2% 21.9% 64.0% 0.94
Massachusetts 32.5% 37.6% 16.8% 84.5% 0.70
Michigan 46.1% 23.3% 25.2% 80.2%0.90
Minnesota 45.5% 32.7% 23.0% 89.4% 1.17
Mississippi 57.6% 19.3%28.1% 61.4% 2.43
Missouri 50.4% 26.6% 23.6% 84.9% 2.24
Montana 58.4% 24.9% 18.8% 90.6% 1.31
Nebraska 62.2% 26.8% 23.9% 89.6% 1.49
Nevada 49.8% 21.2% 21.2% 75.2% 1.16
NewHampshire 48.2% 34.0% 20.2% 96.0% 2.33
NewJersey 40.3% 33.4% 20.1% 72.6% 0.49
NewMexico 47.8% 23.7% 20.2% 66.8% 1.65
NY 35.2% 29.6% 20.9% 67.9% 0.50
NorthCarolina 56.0% 23.8% 24.0% 72.1% 1.42
NorthDakota 60.7% 25.2% 23.7% 92.4% 1.58
Ohio 50.0% 25.0% 24.9% 85.0% 1.18
Oklahoma 60.3% 24.3% 24.4% 76.2% 2.90
Oregon 46.6% 26.4% 21.5% 86.6% 0.76
Pennsylvania 46.4% 24.8% 23.8% 85.4% 0.99
RhodeIsland 31.9% 27.6% 18.4% 85.0% 0.84
SouthCarolina 56.9% 22.3% 24.5% 67.2% 1.66
SouthDakota 60.3% 23.9% 22.9% 88.7% 1.57
Tennessee 51.2% 23.5% 25.0% 80.2% 1.93
Texas 59.3% 24.7% 24.6% 71.0% 1.72
Utah 67.2% 28.4% 20.8% 89.2% 1.49
Vermont 40.8% 31.3% 19.6% 96.8% 0.65
Virginia 52.5% 34.2% 21.7% 72.3% 1.22
Washington 44.6% 28.8% 21.7% 81.8% 0.62
WestVirginia 51.9% 15.3% 27.7% 95.0% 1.71
Wiscon sin 47.6% 24.1% 20.9% 88.9% 1.52
Wyoming 69.2% 20.7% 20.1% 92.1% 2.19


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