Once again, Bob Vanderbei of Princeton has offered the nation a view of itself as the purple country that it is:

The purple United States 2012

As I mentioned four years ago, this is a much more accurate and revealing look at the nation’s geographic political divisions than the more conventional state-by-state, red-and-blue map. It emphasizes how politically diverse many states are, and how there are red, blue, and purple areas throughout the country.

The county-level data revealed by this map also hints at an important truth that state-by-state color-coding doesn’t: that in terms of geography, our society’s political leanings track closely with not only broad geographic areas, but also with coastal and inland terrain and with urban and rural settings.

4 Responses to “The United States is a purple country”


  1. Stawki Podatkowe says:

    That's interesting point of view. Good data and conclusions.


  2. DShirley says:

    I believe we need to peel the onion back on this some more. We need to look at "income" level of these "purple" areas and by race to see any connections or patterns of voting. Also, if one were to overlay this with our Jerry Mandered political boundaries, it would also be revealing in terms of assessing political "outcomes"….


  3. bobbo says:

    "As for gerrymandering, political science research shows that gerrymandering does tend to be benefit the party drawing the lines, but not by very much. Again, it's not that gerrymandering has no effect, but that its effect is quite small compared to factors like incumbency, or to what non-partisan boundary-drawing would achieve. " /// I'm sure you have read that, but are you sure/how can you tell? AFTER a gerrymandered district elects its candidate then two years later they are the incumbent==in the SAME gerrymandered district. How can you tell one factor from the other?? Lots of talk about having "no primary/party" district elections in order to get the "hard core base" out of the over influencing department. It doesn't take too many incumbents SECURE in their gerrymandered districts to prevent the 90% from representing the public's clearly expressed interest. Must be another of those intertwined issues?

    Your review of the Office is worth a second read. Like some great sperm whale—its too large to attack!

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