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Why was Trump winning the 2016 election, when I know so few people who admit to voting for him?

I am a well educated Republican, of generally conservative views. Pretty much every day I see and hear people talk about how poor of a candidate Donald Trump is. But he's winning primary after primary,...
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What is this line of counties voting for the Democratic party in the 2016 elections?

Here is a preliminary image from The Guardian showing the individual counties during the 2016 election in the United States: There appears to be a line of counties in blue, curving from Maine in the ...
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Why is the US so religious compared to other Western democracies?

According to the Pew Research Center, around 88% of Americans had at least some belief in a God, with around 63% being "absolutely certain" of this. This is in stark contrast to other comparable ...
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Why are Deep South states said to vote so lop-sidedly Republican, when they have high percentages of African Americans?

States like Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, have in the range of 40% African Americans, who, from what I can tell, vote about 90% Democrat. Yet these states vote reliably Republican. What is the ...
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Why does having a college degree or not make a difference among how white Americans vote?

Four years after 2016 election, it hasn't changed that the majority of non-college-degree white people support Trump's reelection, while the majority of college-degree white people don't. Why does ...
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Why did postal voting favour Joe Biden so much?

In the recent US presidential election, there were several states which looked almost certs for Donald Trump until the postal votes were counted, after which there was a huge swing towards Joe Biden. ...
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Why is Colorado so different politically from nearby states?

In the 2018 midterms, Democrats gained control of Colorado’s Senate and elected a Democratic governor (the previous three governors were Democrats, too). However, nearby states like Utah and Wyoming ...
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Why are so many cities in the list of 50 most violent cities in the world located in South and Central America?

According to the Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security's annual ranking, about 80% of the most dangerous cities are in the American continent. Is there a political explanation to this? Are ...
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Is there a *political* schism between former Soviet Jews and other Jews in the US?

I want to be as neutral as possible, but since both topics (Jews and politics) are historically inflamatory, I'll caveat that if anyone disagrees, I would welcome constructive suggestions on how to ...
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Why is the population of post-Soviet states declining?

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many modern European states gain independence: the Baltic republics, Ukraine, Belarus. But there is something common among nearly all of them: their populations ...
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What is gerrymandering called if it's not the result of redrawing districts?

The result of gerrymandering is a set of voting districts that are not representative of the overall demographics in a larger region. Gerrymandering refers specifically to obtaining that result by ...
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Are political alignments of African or Caribbean black immigrants in line with African-Americans?

Anecdotally, I have found that anyone I personally know who is a first-generation immigrant from either Africa, or non-Hispanic Caribbean (less so) is a lot more likely to be "righter-wing" in their ...
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Who is the oldest parliamentarian (legislator) on record?

In the US, there are at least three parliamentarians (two Senators and one in the House of Representatives) who are 87 years old. Are there even older people who serve or served in such positions ...
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Why does Canada require bilingualism in a lot of federal government posts?

As I learnt from this video, in Canada, having fluency in English and French is mandatory (In some important government jobs like prime minister). This is considering that the group of French people ...
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Why aren't White Americans called European-Americans? [closed]

Black Americans in the USA are commonly referred to as "African Americans", and similarly there are "Asian" and "native" Americans, and people from South America are called "Hispanics". From my ...
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Why has Vermont been so reliably blue since 1992, despite being so white and rural?

Vermont used to be solidly red, but flipped to solidly blue in 1992. Why? I'm getting conflicting answers from different sources. Wikipedia talks about ethnic coalitions: white of French descent vote ...
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Why is there such a large difference between the US population and electorate?

At the time of writing this question, a total of 143.1 million votes have been counted in the 2020 US Presidential election (73 488 248 democratic, and 69 622 407 republican). Most estimates have put ...
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Why does the Democratic Party perform well in New England?

A lot has been written about the current demographics of the voter base of the Republican and Democratic parties in the United States. A Google Search of Trump popular white working class will result ...
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Is the current age-party affiliation breakdown in the US comparable to historic US breakdowns?

Pictured below is a more granular breakdown of this relationship by age. Conventional wisdom goes that people become more conservative as they grow older, or rather that people stay the same and that ...
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How do juror demographics compare with voter demographics in the US?

I am interested in seeing how the demographics of juries compare with voters in the United States. Is anyone familiar with any research in this area? In a perfect world voters would be defined as "...
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What happens to a country that runs out of population?

Latvia has been losing its population for the last 30 years, and continues to steadily lose around 2% of its population every year. And that is with steady economic growth and no wars or crises (like ...
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How tightly is the rural/urban population ratio correlated with a state's red/blue status?

Having lived in a few areas in the U.S., I've noticed that urban cities are often (if not always) left-leaning (blue) and rural areas are right-leaning (red). Setting aside the handful of "swing ...
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Past population imposing election results to future population - Brexit

If Brexit ever happens, it will not be until at least March of 2019, which is 2.5 years after the vote. Since the old were more likely to vote Leave than the young (e.g. here), the passage of time ...
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Are minorities given harsher sentences in the criminal justice system in the US?

US has the largest incarceration rate of any country with 1 in 100 being in prison or incarceration. In 2016, the Prison Policy Initiative estimated that in the United States that about 2,298,300 ...
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How does the Millenials' support for Corbyn square off with the anti-Brexit stance of most young people in the UK?

According to Yougov, among Millennials, Corbyn is the most popular politician in the UK (although he fares far worse among other age groups). At the same time, the youth is the most anti-Brexit/pro-...
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Why is New Hampshire more conservative than Vermont?

Why is Vermont more liberal than New Hampshire. Vermont hasn't had a republican elector since 1988, while New Hampshire did in 2000. Moreover, in 2016 New Hampshire is going/went to Clinton by a mere ...
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How do crime rates compare between Black and White populations of similar economic status, particularly for those below the poverty line?

I'm not sure that this question is on topic here, but I guessed that I would have a better chance of getting a good answer here than at Economics SE (and Sociology SE doesn't exist). I've seen a few ...
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Do any countries besides the UK have a “triple lock” on pensions?

The Economist wrote before the 2017 UK general election: The average incomes of retired households are now higher than those of working ones, once housing costs are accounted for. Small wonder that ...
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What accounts for the Republican shift in Appalachia?

I was reading through county level swings in presidential elections. I found one area that has been consistently trending Republican: Appalachia and some (other) rural areas in the eastern half of the ...
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Did Chile's productivity/capita go up during Pinochet's reign?

What effect did Pinochet's war on drugs and execution of drug users have on Chile's productivity per capita? If you have data for the Philippines, that would be a bonus.
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Is voter turnout connected to dissatisfaction?

Is there a study revealing a connection between voter turnout and the level of dissatisfaction with the political situation?
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What percent of current Americans have ancestors that had slaves in the US in the past? [closed]

I am researching the current political debate about reparations. What percentage of living Americans have ancestors that had slaves in the US in the past? Is there any data on this or is there ...
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Roughly what proportion of people think that abortion should be allowed, even if fetuses are persons?

There are two main ways of justifying support of abortion in relation to the potential personhood of a fetus/embryo. Between conception and birth(or some time before), fetuses/embryos are not ...
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Is there are reason why: Leading 2020 US Presidential Candidates are over 70 years old?

The subject of candidate age has been the topic of discussion in the media. This leads me to wonder, is there a reason (maybe there is more than one) that the leading candidates are 70+ years old? ...
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Does the US republican party have a demographics problem? [closed]

I've read in various articles that, among voters for the U.S. Republican Party, middle-aged white men are (strongly) over-represented, whereas among voters for the U.S. Democratic Party, voters from ...
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To what extent do police departments in the US reflect in numerical terms the proportions of each race in the communities they serve?

In recent years Londoners have got used to the arrival of larger numbers of black and ethnic police men and women. It has involved a change in uniform for some, such as the now many Sikh officers in ...
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Correlation between 538's urbanization index and vote margin 2020?

538 did an article about the urban-rural divide. It said that in 2016, the correlation between urbanization and Dem voting was 0.69 in 2016 and 0.55 in 2012. (There was one big exception: Vermont.) ...
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Do Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, or Indonesia consider overpopulation to be a problem? [closed]

Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi said that overpopulation was, along with terrorism, the two real threats to Egypt, and took countermeasures in 2017. https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/40295/What%E2%80%99s-...
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Age-weighted democracy - is it possible? [closed]

A pure democracy gives equal voting rights for voters in the society regardless of their demographics (age, gender, or ethnicity). However, in many referendums, younger voters have a different say ...
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Why does Trump do (somewhat) well with Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders?

In the United States, simply put, the Republican Party tends to do well with non-hispanic white voters and the Democratic Party tends to do well with Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, ...
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Are there some statistics on the political affiliation of NESBs?

Non-English speaking background (NESB) is a demographic category often encountered in Australian publications. Are there statistics on the political party affiliation of NESBs (membership or just whom ...
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Why did the life expectancy in northern Africa rise much faster than in the south of Africa

I stumbled on a Wikipedia page with the following graphic What I find interesting is that the life expectancy of the countries in the north of Africa rose so much faster compared to the countries in ...
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Does year of birth, or age, influence opinions on the atomic bombing of Japan?

Older Americans are more likely to support the atomic bombing of Japan than younger Americans, according to a poll by Pew Research: 70 years after Hiroshima, opinions have shifted on use of atomic ...
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Will the demographic inversion between Democrats and Republican reverse post-Trump? [closed]

Party demographic inversions are not uncommon, i.e. when the demographics that make up a party or the ideology of the party invert. It was not long ago that southern states tended to vote Democrat ...
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Are there any examples of multicultural mass democracies which don't have ethnic-based party politics?

In the USA, it seems increasingly like the Republican Party is becoming the "White Party" and becoming a vehicle for soft White nationalism, or at least White grievance politics, while the ...
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The politics of loneliness

This Real Clear Politics article finds some very interesting nuggets like: One reason young people get involved in politics might be loneliness. In a nationally representative survey conducted by ...
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Why are both global overpopulation and low birth rates in developed countries considered a problem?

Pretty much everyone agrees that the Earth's carrying capacity is stretched by the current birth rates and that measures should be undertaken to slow down and eventually reverse the growth of world ...
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Is the Republican Party on the decline due to the voting patterns of young voters? [closed]

I've seen a lot of questions lately asking if the Republican Party is on the decline. Most people who ask this question focus on the fact that White Anglos are expected to become a minority in a few ...
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Representatives of districts that are 50 to 65 percent Hispanic by party?

I was thinking about congressional districts. I found that there was one type of majority-minority district that could be plausibly represented by a Republican. These are districts between 50 and 65 ...
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What was the correlation between a US state's Hispanic population and two party vote share for Hillary Clinton?

I was thinking about what the correlation between two variables would be. Namely these are the percent Hispanic in a state and the percent non third party voting Democratic in the 2016 election. What ...