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Only issue I have is with the term 'poor' voters; I thought it was people who tended not to get out and vote!


States are much too large to consider as monolithic entities. When you look at county-level data, you find tremendous social and political diversity within states.


another conclusion I thought of, and correct me if I'm wrong about this:
In Republican states, economic issues are a wedge between the rich and poor, while social issues are unifying.

John S.

To anyone who has not read Gelman's book, I highly recommend it. Contrary to SilentD's comment above, state-level election data has many interesting stories to tell, and Gelman makes effective use of graphics to tell them.

Jock Mackinlay

Simple is good but it depends on the data story that is being told. In my blog, I show that adding more to this view tells Gelmen's story more effectively.

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