Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Map of political orientation?

From Gallup, this appears to be a political map to me, but look at the top left. Sure it would be good if other secular states voted like Alaska and Wyoming, but they don't.

4 comments:

silly girl said...

The first thing that jumped out at me was the cost of living in the states with higher church attendance. There seems to be a rough correlation.

mengbomin said...

Well, it has political implications, but I wouldn't consider it an accurate map of political orientation. Take for instance, my current state of Iowa. By this map, it falls in the higher range, which contains mostly Republican-voting states, but Iowa generally has a similar voting record to Nevada, which is in the lower range. Furthermore, Wyoming (lower range) consistently votes Republican.

So, while there is a relationship, I would tread lightly in describing it.

Jokah Macpherson said...

I suspect church attendance, like political orientation, has a wide variation between urban and rural areas. The less-churched states you mention that lean Republican are both pretty rural.

polistats said...

I think Jokah M. makes a good point.

With that said, it's not surprising that more church = more conservatism. Not only on the social issues, but traditional religiosity has been linked to increasing "belief in just world" views and "protestant work ethic" views--both of which are associated with economic conservatism.