There are lots of ways to slice and dice election results, and this one is particularly interesting. Behold the GOP’s electoral strategy!
The chart on the left shows how states voted in the presidential election, compared to the percentages of people in those states who have college degrees. And there are few surprises.
Of the 10 states with the highest proportion of college-educated residents, all 10 went for Obama in the election.
Of the 10 states with the lowest proportion of college degrees, 9 of 10 went for Romney in the election. Only Nevada kept them from a perfect, 10-for-10 score.
What conclusions can we draw from this?
- The higher the proportion of educated voters in a state, the less likely they are to fall for a lot of the silly cow-manure Tea Party arguments the Republicans have been shoveling of late.
- Perhaps it also explains why conservatives seem so down on public education. They tend to put few resources behind it, or insist that textbooks be rewritten to their students detriment, like Texas. Is that a long-range strategy to increase the conservative (i.e. uneducated voter) turnout years down the road?
- Democrats can play the same game, of course. By insisting on more spending for education at secondary and post-secondary levels, they may be able to win more governorships and seats in the House of Representatives. But they shouldn’t expect Republicans to roll over on that.
I first spotted this on Americablog, but it actually comes from a site called HappyPlace.com. Be sure to check out their post titled “The most psychotically profane rant you’ll ever hear from a golf coach at a Christian college,” by the way (NSFW).