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Education Quality and Political Leanings

October 6, 2008

These are maps I made:

1. Educational Rankings of States According to ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization).

Top 25 in Yellow, Bottom 25 in Red. The lowest ranking yellow state is marked (Colorado).

2.Educational Ranking of States According to Morgan Quinto Press (Unbiased source).

Again, top 25 in yellow, bottom 25 in red, and lowest ranking yellow state marked (Texas).

3. This is a remake of the Real Clear Politics electoral map as of today.

Blue is polling for Sen. Obama, Red for Sen. McCain

So, what to make of it? Honestly, I don’t know. There were maps like this made after the 2000 and 2004 elections, and I wanted to see if there were any real statistical correlation. There seems to be some, but I don’t know if it really means anything, I’ll leave that to the viewer.

If you want to do an actual analysis, let me know. I’d be interested in the results.

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One comment

  1. I don’t think that there will be a good correlation between a state’s current educational ranking and the political leanings of that state’s voters. The reasons are:

    1) Students are under the age of 18;

    2) Voters are over the age of 18, and usually much older than that, and

    3) People move. Specifically, people with educational potential move to states with extensive university systems and high-income employment. How ya gonna keep ‘em down on the farm?

    There is a VERY strong correlation between urbanism and Democratic politics. You can see it in county-by-county maps of voter preferences. Cities in Red states tend to be Blue. Rural areas in Blue states lean Red. Here’s a map:

    http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/countymaplinearlarge.png

    Rural counties in the Four Corners area also lean Blue, but that’s because of the high concentration of Native American located there.



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