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Learn More About Our Political Correlation

You may use the Political Election Correlation Map to customize what you believe a red, blue, or purple state is or simply use the defaults. Red states, by definition, vote more for Republicans. Blue states, by definition, vote more for Democrats. Purple states are more independent in their voting patterns.

What our tool allows you to do is select the criteria for the redness or blueness of a red state. First, select the type of election to base the colorization. You can select the winner of the presidential election (a winner take all colorization), by popular vote in a presidential election, by the vote for a Senator, or the vote on the House of Representatives. Often these will not vary much, because people are fairly consistent, but we wanted to give you complete control.

Next, select the percentage of votes required to turn a state red or blue. If you select 60% then only states voting 60% of the time for a republican or democrat will turn red or blue respectfully. Otherwise, the state will turn purple.

Further, you can limit the color selection by a range of election years. Enter or use the sliders to control the era of your criteria.

As you change each value the map automatically recolorizes. You can reselect different criteria and resubmit as many times as you wish.

Now the fun begins. Select an unbiased statistic from the series of pulldowns.

For example: Select President Election / Winner from the pulldown and set the percentage to 60 since we want representation of somewhat republican and democratic states. Then we’ll select a first year of 1990 and a last year of 2010 so we have an up to date view of the state’s political views. In our example we see 20 states turn blue, 28 states turn red, and 3 states turn purple. Note that DC is considered a state.

When we select Divorce rate from the Family Values pulldown, we see that the Weighted Blue States value is 3.43% and the weighted Red States value is 4.36%. The exact opposite of what we would expect from the people pushing the sanctity of the marriage institution.

If you disagree with the colorization you can always click on a state and change it's color from red to blue to purple and back again. As you change the color, the stats are automatically updated.

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