In the Districts of the 139 Congressmen Who Refused to Certify Biden’s Election, The White Majority is Fading, the Economy is Changing and There’s a Pervasive Sense of Loss
TUESDAY, OCT 25, 2022
Through the help of Social Explorer’s demographic mapping and visualization tools, The New York Times analyzed the demographics of Republican districts that fought the results of the 2020 Presidential elections. They analyzed the ACS and the 1990 Census, using data that matched the 2020 districts using tracts.
What they found was a pattern amongst the people living there. They were whiter, less educated, poorer, and were more likely to die sooner than those living in non-objector districts. Addiction was also high amongst the populations as those turning to drugs and alcohol was disproportionately higher than that of non-objector districts.
The article reads, “The toll of the opioid crisis is unmistakable. In Lebanon, population 3,100, seven addiction clinics line Main Street. Kimberly Harris, 50, director of a nearby funeral home, said she typically buried at least one overdose victim a month.”
Though these districts pale in comparison in many aspects to more diverse, and prosperous districts, the people there cannot help but feel cheated and unrepresented in a country where they still (albeit not for long according to recent data trends) remain a majority population.
“Because they are more vulnerable, disadvantaged or less educated, white voters can feel especially endangered by the trend toward a minority majority, said Ashley Jardina to the New York Times, a political scientist at George Mason University who studies the attitudes of those voters.”
“A lot of white Americans who are really threatened are willing to reject democratic norms,” she said, “because they see it as a way to protect their status.”
To see how Social Explorer was used to gain insights into objector districts read the full article here.
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