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The Democrats strongly supported voting by mail due to Covid-19, to avoid risk of infection, while Trump downplayed the pandemic. ScienceDaily: COVID-19 opens a partisan gap on voting by mail This is a case in Texas where Democrats attempted to extend mail voting: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/26/coronavirus-supreme-court-rejects-universal-vote-by-mail-in-...


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Donald Trump spent months making statements, to the media and on Twitter, along the lines of: Mail-in ballots are very dangerous. There’s tremendous fraud involved and tremendous illegality. (source) It's hardly surprising that Republican voters decided to take him at his word and not trust mail-in ballots.


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The experience of getting a degree exposes you to a wider circle of people. I'm white, male, and went to a school near where I grew up. The school and church had an intertwined population, and my social circle from the neighbourhood, school and church, all overlapped. There were a lot of people just like me, all white, all middle-lower class. Your friends-...


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Canada is an officially bilingual country, and federal government business can be conducted in either English or French. The government wants to preserve the bilingual nature of the country, and is well aware that, if it drops the requirement for French, then English will dominate even more than it already does. It is precisely because most people speak ...


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This is a great question, but it's really impossible to answer for certain at this point in time. Trump's current success is defying a lot of "conventional wisdom" about how primaries go. That said, the odds are good that your reason #2 is the most likely: "Donald Trump supporters fall under a category of people with whom I have little ...


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Using the Cooperative Congressional Election Study 2018, we can test your hypothesis that non-African Americans skew as far to the Republicans as African Americans do to Democrats. Let's limit ourselves firstly to voters in the deep south, which I'll define as Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, & South Carolina. This gives us a survey population ...


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They don't decide what DNA is Jewish. The article you link says (their bolding): A DNA result that “proves” your Jewish origins does not grant the right to make aliyah according to the Law of Return. To be granted the right to aliyah, you need to show that you are "Jewish or [have] Jewish ancestors within the last two generations" (and that you ...


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The obvious answer is that people get older and (presumably, hopefully) retire from the workforce. If your country's demographic is otherwise more or less stable, it means that by the time those 300,000 people age up to enter the work force, a similar number of people retire from the work force and hopefully live on their pension plan.


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I think the other answers are correct in that both of these are factors: Trump and some of the Republican leadership (repeatedly) slamming postal voting Republicans being less afraid of Covid-19 and thus less inclined to socially distance (also reflected in some of Trump's comments on the pandemic and his personal example) Alas answers (and comments) have ...


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While the United States doesn't have a national religion, the US has fairly deep religious liberty roots, and it has lead to a few twists and turns in the religious sentiment Religious Refugees Every year, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving (a major US holiday), and most children could tell you some version of the story of the Pilgrims and Native Americans. ...


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LA Times had an insightful article on the topic: "Polls may actually underestimate Trump's support, study finds", which contradicts the accepted answer's theory to an extent, and is much closer to your question's theory #1 (Having said that, I agree with @bobson that at this point we probably don't have enough hard data to be sure what the ...


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Cocaine Coca leaf is native to South America and grows best there, so that's where the cocaine comes from. Not only does this produce a huge amount of profit for organised crime, the drug itself promotes aggression. Almost all the drug wars are primarily concerned with cocaine and secondly with marijuana which also grows well there. Colonialism, Communism ...


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Answering this question properly would require a broad discussion of the religious tensions and transformations in England during the 16th and 17th centuries, starting with the English Reformation where the Church of England broke off from the authority of the Pope. Suffice it to say (for our purposes) that this move created a religious power vacuum in which ...


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Image from CensusScope As almost 80% of the African American voters voted for the Democratic Party, I think the correlation is both obvious and self-explanatory. What should be held in mind is that this map is rather crude, having the darkest colour say "48.9-86%". This could explain why the "Democratic line" is slimmer than this map may implicate. ...


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"Disproportionate representation" describes the result without making any reference to the cause. For example, States have disproportionate representation in the Senate is a perfectly reasonable description. If you want to be more specific as to what kind of proportionality you're talking about, you could specify with States have disproportionate ...


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A combination of the Black Belt and Northeastern region What first appeared to be a long unbroken line of counties from north to south actually seems to be made of two major parts. 2016 elections[8] Northeastern The blue counties north of Virginia are actually part of a larger area that also skirts the Great Lakes. The reasons why Northeastern United States ...


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Yes. There is a tremendous schism. To use a technical statistical term the schism is earth-shattering. Plagiarizing my own Skeptics.SE answer: Overall, American Jews tend to vote 70-90% Democrat in Presidential elections. An overwhelming majority of educated immigrants from former Soviet Union are hard-anti-progressive (technically speaking, they usually ...


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I don't know if there are any older cases, but Strom Thurmond stepped down from the US Senate at age 100 years and 29 days, having served just short of 50 years as a Senator for South Carolina. There are a couple of US Senators who lived longer lives than Thurmond, but neither of them were still serving at 100.


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The Trump campaign did a lot to demonize mail in voting with accusations that there was a lot of fraud with it. This along with the downplaying of covid among his supporters likely led to a lower mail in voting turnout and higher in person turnout. There was a concern among Republicans that the campaign against mail in voting would cost votes in the long run....


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Because they're not at war. Referencing this paper, Wikipedia clarifies the methodology: The following 50 cities have the highest murder rates in the world of all cities not at war, with a population of at least 300,000 people If cities within warring nations were including, the rankings would change. For example, in Damascus (population 1.7 million) ...


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Economic migration (temporary or more permanent) is considered the main factor. This is quite apparent in the Eastern EU countries. Note that the official EU terminology is "mobility" not migration, inside the Single Market. (Source.) Bruegel has roughly the same info as a graph over time. Something a bit similar happens to Ukraine's workforce, even ...


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One of the best predictors of voting patterns in the US is population density. You can see population density by state here. Although this isn't a perfect reflection of how urban a state is (a state with most of their population concentrated in cities could have the same population density as one with their population spread across their state, and the ...


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The US has a significant number of non-citizen residents who belong to the population, but not to the electorate. (Here are official numbers, you have to multiply the foreign-born and non-naturalized percentages). The US disenfranchises many people who come into contact with the criminal justice system. As I understand it, the percentage is much higher than ...


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Manny Shinwell at 101 After quite a long career in the House of Commons (UK) as a Labour MP from 1922 to 1924, and 1928 to 1970 (and an arrest for Red Clydeside agitation in 1919 in Glasgow!), he accepted a Life Peerage in 1970, serving in the House of Lords, until he was 101 years old in 1986, when he retired just weeks before his death that same year.


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Why don't more people who want to be representatives move to seats that are safe for the party they are members of? Such districts tend to be represented by someone who is very well established, long serving, well placed in terms of committee assignments, and popular. Where that is not the case, the primary is usually very competitive. It is easier for ...


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Existing answers pretty much cover the ground well, but I will answer a specific assertion in your question that is not actually correct either: High school also teach similar topics as colleges, such as science, social science That is not correct, either qualitatively or quantitatively. One thing that most people discussing the topic usually fail to make ...


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The population of Germany declined from 2000 to 2011, it then increased. This rise has been attributed to immigration. One way for a country to increase population, without increasing fertility, is to increase the level of immigration. Source (The jump from 2010 to 2011 is due to a change in the way population was counted and isn't a real feature)


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This answer is only looking at fertility rates, not other measures, such as immigration. Also, when looking at fertility rates take into account that 2.1 is the neutral no-increase/no-decrease rate TLDR: I don't think there has been a case in modern times where a country wanting to reverse a fertility drop has actually achieved this. At best, they have ...


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In addition to the other answers, it should be noted that jobs don't just exist independent of people. The only reason jobs exist is that people create the need for jobs, so more people means more jobs.


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