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Democrats and Republicans Aren't Just Divided. They Live in Different Worlds

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Democrats and Republicans Aren't Just Divided. They Live in Different Worlds

Postby Hanna » Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:53 am

A major report by the WSJ. Since I cannot insert images in the middle of the post, will try to refer to them and, unfortunately, they are in revers order... Fig 1 at the bottom, Fig 4 at the top. If JQP can rearrange them it can help..

The two parties represent radically different slices of the American economy.

America’s political polarization is almost complete. Its two main political parties increasingly represent two different economies. And they barely overlap.

Democrats can be found in educated cities and suburbs where professional jobs are plentiful. Republicans live in working-class and rural communities, home to agriculture and low-skill manufacturing.

Let’s look at GDP, or the value of goods and services produced, to understand how the two parties are divided. These days, Democratic House districts are doing substantially better: Two-thirds of the nation’s GDP comes from those areas, with Republican districts making up the rest.

Graph 1:
Share of real GDP, by congressional district in 2018 (Cannot transfer the label, the blue is 63.6%, the red - 36.4%)
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Fig 1
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Graph 2:
You can see the change most dramatically by looking at House districts ranked by their contribution to GDP. A decade ago, Democrats represented House districts with both the most and least economic output.
GDP.jpg
Fig 2


Today, the picture is very different. Democrats are even more dominant among high-producing districts, while Republicans now represent more of those with the least economic activity.

The solid line is 2008, the dots are 2018

Also, at the bottom, the Paycheck Picture: Household income tells a similar story. A decade ago, median household income was about the same for each party. Since then, it has jumped nearly 17% in Democratic districts while falling 3% in Republican ones.

Graph 3:
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Fig 3


What is Behind the Splits, the report asks:

(In case it is hard to read the text)


Blue Industries

Democrats represent districts with the biggest clusters of professional jobs. That includes tech hubs around Silicon Valley and Boston. Nearly three quarters of jobs in digital or professional industries are in Democratic districts.


Red Industries

Republican districts, by contrast, hold growing shares of the nation’s agriculture, mining and low-skill manufacturing jobs, many of which do not require a college degree, have lower pay and are more exposed to overseas competition.

Graph 4:
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Fig 4


Look at the data another way—these two charts show where industries cluster—and the pattern becomes even clearer.

Low-skill manufacturing has a strong presence in Republican districts, particularly in more rural communities scattered across the country, from Arizona to Wisconsin.

Again, solid line 2008, dots 2018

Also at the bottom of the graph:


Location, Location, Location

The two parties represent different parts of the economy, in large part because they represent different kinds of places.

Once, the parties were geographically intertwined. But in 2010, the ‘tea party’ election wiped out Democrats in rural and working-class districts across the Midwest and Southeast. The 2018 midterms ousted Republicans from many suburbs.


The Education Divide

People with college degrees are more concentrated in Democratic districts than in Republican districts.



Why does this matter?

“When folks have less in common with one another, it’s hard to expect that they’re going to see the problem the same way,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, “let alone recognize that a problem exists.”


https://www.wsj.com/graphics/red-economy-blue-economy (paid subscription)



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Re: Democrats and Republicans Aren't Just Divided. They Live in Different Worlds

Postby John Q. Public » Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:03 am

I'll attempt to place the pictures if you don't get my PM in time.

Kind of funny, I was just reading an article that said we even shop differently. Libs buy Combat, Conservatives buy Raid. Libs - Friskies, Pubs - Purina. Who knew?
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Re: Democrats and Republicans Aren't Just Divided. They Live in Different Worlds

Postby Hanna » Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:12 am

Please. Not sure how to do it, not sure whether my PM went..

They are labeled at the bottom so just put No. 1 first, followed by No. 2, 3, and 4.

Should have posted them in a reverse order. For next time

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Re: Democrats and Republicans Aren't Just Divided. They Live in Different Worlds

Postby John Q. Public » Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:33 am

Did I get it close?

It's actually pretty easy with the "Place inline" button in the attachments box.
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Re: Democrats and Republicans Aren't Just Divided. They Live in Different Worlds

Postby Hanna » Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:24 pm

Yes, thank you. Will try it next time...

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