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  •  That's OK to be skeptical of the graph (1+ / 0-)
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    It's electoral politics, and when you're dealing with groups of people, approximation is all you get. I wouldn't use just density, assuming the graph is exact, but my point is that we'll look for the best targets according to just one criteria sometimes, like the results of the last election, or the partisan voting index. What I'm suggesting is that when the result from population density doesn't match the prediction of one election or any one other guide, we should look to see if we've overlooked something.

    You're not alone in your speculation about why density or lack thereof might influence personality or political attitudes. I didn't get into that partly because of length, partly because I don't know how to tell which of those facets of a given area might be important. Though honestly, I'm happy if readers take away the idea that there is something we've overlooked that might be costing us elections and majorities, so we need to look at it. If someone said I don't have anything definitive, just ideas for further study, that would be fine.

    •  I'd really like to see crosstabs (0+ / 0-)

      For example, what about women? They tend to be more Democratic than men, but how does density affect them? Or African Americans or Hispanics or old/young, etc.

      "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

      by Dbug on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 06:57:03 PM PST

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