September 28, 2012

MINE IS FEDERALIST:

How Republican or Democratic Is Your Name? (SERENA DAI, 9/28/12, Atlantic)

Columnist Chris Wilson noticed that certain names popped up more for Republicans (Donald, Sharon) and certain ones went to Democrats (Angela, Willie). To figure out of this was actually a thing, Wilson looked at a Federal Election Commission database of names and political party for people who donated at least $200 to a federal campaign. The interactive above tracks donations from 452,000 Obama donators and 315,000 Romney donators. Wilson only used names that showed up at least 25 times and decided if they were individuals by looking at ZIP codes. The closer a dot is to the left, the more people with that name donate to Obama. For instance, 81 percent of people name Ellen donated to Obama, so that dot lands closer to the left. 

As you can see, women names (the pink dots) tend to support Obama while male name (blue dots) tend to go Romney.

Because being a Democrat is a chick thing.





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