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How (Ideologically) Different is a Rur’l Republican Texan from an Urban Democratic New Yawker? (Update)

- November 29, 2007

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Following up on a previous post I’ve add the mean ideology for Red, Purple and Blue Americas. As a crude measure of Red, Purple and Blue, I used the percentage support for Bush in 2000 as follows: Red > 55%, 45% < Purple < 55%; and Blue < 45% (see below for a list of specific states). We can see that the mean ideology of Purple America is almost identical to the US and that Red and Blue Americas are equally distant (in the expected directions) from the US mean. As Tom Holbrook noted in the original post, “Viewed from a different perspective (Rabinowitz et al.), though, the rural Texan is on the ‘same side’ as the median voter.” Holbrook raises a very good point about the difference between directional versus proximity models of voting. (I’ll have more to say about those models in a future post.)

Red states: AL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, OK, SC, SD, TX, UT, WY
Purple states: AR, AZ, CO, FL, IA, LA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NM, NV, OH, OR, PA, TN, VA, WA, WI, WV
Blue states: CA, CT, DE, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, RI, VT

Source: 2000 National Annenberg Election Study
Sample Size:
US – 58,383
Red – 15,847
Purple – 25,789
Blue – 16,620
Dem Urban NY- 672
Rep Rural TX- 199