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.


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.