September 21, 2009 Leave a comment
Really interesting post by Joshua Tucker over at the Monkey Cage, based on recent poll that finds absolutely amazing regional differences in attitudes towards Obama:
I found the following somewhat stunning graph on Steve Benen’s Political Animal blog at the Washington Monthly; Benen created the graph from data from the Daily Kos Weekly State of the Nation Poll, which can be found here.
I have no a priori knowledge about the reliability of the
Daily Kos poll, but even if it had a generally left or right wing bias,
that still shouldn’t affect the variation across regions. While I am
not surprised that the Republican party is more popular in the South
than other regions, the starkness of this distinction is beyond what I
had expected. Moreover, while I would have expected the Republican
party to be unpopular in the Northeast, I did not expect such similar
numbers from the West and Midwest.
And, here's the part I love:
Quite seriously, if I saw this type
of regional distribution of support for a political party in a country
like Slovakia, I would assume the party represented an ethnic minority.
For comparison’s sake, here is the vote share received by the Hungarian
Coalition – an ethnic minority party – by region in the 2006 Slovak parliamentary election:
Gotta love it: Republican party = Hungarian coalition in Slovakia.