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alan b

A much simpler color key would be "light grey: minority; other color: majority"


While there are some inconsistencies, the color coding does identify the comparison that they want the reader to make (Most Dems want to "keep trying" and most Reps don't). This is really just a 3x2 table and they've color-coded the interesting cells. Given how simple the data display is (you don't need colors to understand the structure), this seems legitimate (or, at least, arguable).

Will Stahl-Timmins

I will also step in to defend this one. I read the use of colour here as a highlighting element, meaning: "this is the largest value of those against" and "this is the largest value of those for". Not an amazing graphic, but I've seen many worse.

To my mind, the graphic achieves its purpose of highlighting that, in general, more of the democrats surveyed answered "keep trying" than in the overall group, and more of the republicans answered "give up". It does possibly conceal the relatively large number of republicans in favour of "keep trying" at first glance, but all the information is there if the reader wants it.


Will: it's not a horrible chart by any means. I'm pointing out a small detail which may have escaped their attention. One could interpret the colors as calling out the salient parts but as I wrote in the last paragraph, those are NOT the important parts of the chart. Think about the same chart for most other political issues: abortion, the war, deficits, social security, etc. All charts would look the same: each party's supporters support their party's position overwhelmingly. The salient issue for health care is the less extreme than normal split on the Republican side.

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