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originally posted by: LifeMode
a reply to: Krazysh0t
I never said anything about population. This is about land mass, not people. I understand about population but wanted to look at things from a different angle. So basically you have city dwellers influencing national laws that in many cases really do not apply to someone living in Alaska or Montana like gun laws and violence for instance.
We can start this work by looking at the political attitudes, which frequently overlaps with social ones. Consider the following maps of the 2008 U.S. presidential election. The first map shows states with red, Republican majorities, and those with blue, Democratic majorities; the second one shows this same information, but with a focus on population density.
As we can see, Republican voters were clustered in the south, the Great Plains, and the interior west, while Democratic voters were clustered in the northeast, Great Lakes, and west coast. As it so happens, the red areas also generally reflect sparsely populated areas, and the blue areas, more densely populated areas, revealing a correlation between cities and Democratic values.