Red State or Blue State Trait?

Try to guess whether each trait is more highly correlated with Republican States or Democratic States in the U.S.
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Last updated: October 16, 2020
First submittedOctober 16, 2020
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1. Higher population density
Republican
Democratic
+0.53 Democratic
2. Higher rate of obesity
Republican
Democratic
+0.59 Republican
3. More COVID deaths per capita (through October 15, 2020)
Republican
Democratic
+0.34 Democratic
4. Higher unemployment
Republican
Democratic
+0.57 Democratic
5. Higher incarceration rate
Republican
Democratic
+0.51 Republican
6. Happier citizens (2005–2008, source)
Republican
Democratic
+0.36 Republican
7. Higher church attendance
Republican
Democratic
+0.60 Republican
8. Higher median household income
Republican
Democratic
+0.64 Democratic
9. Higher percentage of adults with a four-year college degree
Republican
Democratic
+0.71 Democratic
10. Higher state and local taxes as a percent of personal income
Republican
Democratic
+0.48 Democratic
11. Higher rate of homelessness
Republican
Democratic
+0.55 Democratic
12. More people moving in from other states than moving out
Republican
Democratic
+0.22 Republican
13. Higher percentage of foreign-born residents
Republican
Democratic
+0.70 Democratic
14. Higher percentage of workforce employed in agriculture
Republican
Democratic
+0.59 Republican
15. Younger average age
Republican
Democratic
+0.31 Republican
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Level ∞
Oct 16, 2020
Methodology

First we computed how "red" or "blue" a state was by looking at the percentage of votes given to each party during the 2016 Presidential election.

Then we used Excel's "correlation" function to correlate each trait with how red or blue a state was.

Correlation returns a value between -1 and 1, with 0 being completely uncorrelated.

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Level ∞
Oct 16, 2020
I get tired of all the comments on some quizzes that say "look how all the states that have (bad thing) vote for (party I don't like)." I hope this quiz can help educate people that there are good things and bad things about both red states and blue states. If you got a significant number of questions wrong, it may be helpful to examine your biases.
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Level 83
Oct 20, 2020
I totally agree, while also recognizing that anonymous comments sections on the internet are not typical places where people will honestly examine their own biases. Though JetPunk is less insular than most places online, so kudos to QM for that. :-)
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Level 18
Oct 16, 2020
Make the COVID questions CASES, and in reality, the blue is doing way better than red. Anyway, got 12/15. Not trying to be political, but it's the fact
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Level ∞
Oct 16, 2020
I could also change income to income inequality, which would make Red look much better than Blue. The questions are what they are.
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Level 18
Oct 16, 2020
Yes agreed, I don't really think it should make the question change, because it is your quiz but, measurements change a lot of things. It did educate me that states are good and bad at things. Due to the fact that the blue has more poverty, it has more COVID deaths and same with other stuff for republicans. Sadly, many people use biased stats to make conclusions(myself included sometimes), for their own political justifications or gain.
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Level 72
Oct 19, 2020
IT's not just more poverty, but blue states tend to have major metropolitan areas which lend itself to higher rates of spreading than red states.
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Level 77
Oct 16, 2020
But in the grand scheme of things, deaths are what we are trying to avoid. If one state has 100,000 cases and 1,000 deaths, and one state has 10,000 cases and 1,000 deaths, I'm more inclined to say state #1 handled it better. If only 3 of the top 10 states with the most deaths per capita are "red states" then that's something we need to look into. (Side Note: As Quizmaster said, both sides of the aisle have ups and downs in their states! I'm not trying to start anything!)
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Level 71
Oct 17, 2020
Cases numbers are also more susceptible to underreporting due to testing limitations. Many cases go undiagnosed, but a person who dies will probably have been hospitalized (at least in developed countries) and had his COVID status confirmed. Although death rates can be influenced by demographic characteristics, differences in infection rates among age groups etc., the percentage of all cases that is diagnosed is probably more likely to differ from place to place and time to time.
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Level ∞
Oct 16, 2020
The "Younger Average Age" one is tricky! Because young people themselves tend to vote blue. But blue states have lower birth rates, and thus fewer young people. Also, keep in mind that people under 18 can't vote.
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Level 74
Oct 16, 2020
I thought that was probably the easiest one. Certain kind of behavior among conservatives vs. liberals seems to be pretty universal, which, in turn, influences the demographics. Not going into details, but there's plenty of info and evidence out there.
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Level 74
Oct 16, 2020
Well, I got the two least guessed ones correct. Only the few "could be either way" cases went wrong. Don't toss coins is what we've learned here.
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Level 87
Oct 16, 2020
Nice quiz with some surprising results for folks who have formed distinct but apparently false impressions over time (like myself) maybe based in part on media emphases or distortions. The facts are what they are. Now we get to see all the entertaining "But, but, but . . ." comments.
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Level 18
Oct 16, 2020
The most surprising stat was that the Dems had the better economy, at least in my opinion because the current republican agenda has been all about economy
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Level ∞
Oct 16, 2020
Depends on what you mean by better economy. Democratic states have higher incomes, but greater inequality and higher unemployment. There aren't as many jobs in red states that offer the crazy $300,000+ salaries that are common at places like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. But that doesn't help people who don't have high market value skills. All in all, some people will do better in blue states while other people will do better in red states.
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Level 83
Oct 16, 2020
@QM, I think it's important to note that Republican policy can have just as much of an effect in a 'blue state' as any 'red state' and vice versa. Federal policy influences the whole country and plenty of people vote the opposite of what party their state typically votes for.
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Level 18
Oct 16, 2020
But @Econ211, the Republican governors are more likely to make policies in their INDIVIDUAL STATES that support the president’s policies
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Level 83
Oct 16, 2020
@That1 Yes I know, that's why I said 'can have'. For example, there's no doubt that an economic sector like Silicon Valley (which is in a solid blue state) hasn't benefitted from laissez faire capitalism, which is more often espoused by republicans.
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Level 72
Oct 16, 2020
But if you're going to make the argument about federal policy it's a wash. All states are affected by federal policy.
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Level 87
Oct 16, 2020
And we have some winners - our first "But . . ."s instead of just enjoying the quiz.
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Level 31
Oct 16, 2020
Your least taken quiz, Master.
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Level 83
Oct 16, 2020
Might have something to do with it only being a few hours old.
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Level 61
Oct 16, 2020
Loved this quiz. Very interesting results, missed a few that I thought would go either way!
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Level 52
Oct 17, 2020
Oops, not a high score. Just shows how little I know about US demographics and politics.
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Level 76
Oct 17, 2020
Since I don't know much about US politics I solved it asking if the trait in question is more characteristic for an urban or rural population and then go blue for urban cause I know California votes Democrat. Ended up with 13/15.
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Level 54
Oct 17, 2020
Republicans are happier. And rain is wet.
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Level 50
Oct 18, 2020
I've been getting Trump 2020 ads since I did this quiz...
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Level 50
Oct 18, 2020
And immediately after I wrote this comment, I started getting Stand with Obama ads...
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Level ∞
Oct 18, 2020
Both parties waste money spending money advertising to people who don't even live in the United States? Why am I not surprised.
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Level 83
Oct 19, 2020
I've been seeing some Trump ads telling me to wish him a happy birthday... in completely different months from his actual birthday.
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Level 52
Oct 28, 2020
And more recently, (I shouldn't say who) one of them was mentioning the zombie apocalypse as an ad campaign. :/
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Level 22
Oct 19, 2020
Define ‘happiness’. If access to better higher education, job opportunities and healthcare are used as metrics it’s definitely going to be in favour of the blue states. Edit: you might want to update an 11 year old study.
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Level 83
Oct 20, 2020
You clearly didn't take the Happiness related quizzes posted recently. It's self reported.

I'll go out on a limb and suggest that people's self-described happiness is more related to an individual's outlook on life rather than being tied to work/wealth/healthcare.
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Level ∞
Oct 22, 2020
I know self-reported data should be taken with a grain of salt. After all, people lie. But, when it comes to happiness? You just have to ask people. I can imagine this now. "How can you be happy? Our data shows you have a low income, eat french fries, and haven't seen a doctor in a year". It imposes the values of the surveyor over the individual. Its deeply insulting if you think about it. If someone told me I'm not happy because of some external factor, I'd tell them where to shove it. Then I'd tell them to read some stoic philosophy. Happiness is a state of mind.
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Level 72
Oct 19, 2020
wow...younger average age? That seems...incorrect.
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Level ∞
Oct 22, 2020
It's true. A lot of blue states in the northeast are very old. But this is one of the weaker correlations on the quiz.
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Level 83
Oct 20, 2020
Surprised myself a bit by getting 15/15. Not surprised to see the COVID and unemployment questions with such low scores. I WAS surprised by the low scores for the younger age and the "moving in" questions. Rural (read "red") states will almost always have higher birth rates than urban (read "blue") states, while I thought it was more common knowledge that states like Texas and Florida are getting flooded with people leaving states like California and NY/NJ.
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Level 59
Oct 22, 2020
12/15! Didn't get the unemployment, Covid and average age questions! Really interesting quiz though. Also really interesting to see that roughly 50% (as of right now) have either chosen Republicans or democrats for the happiness question. Only chose Rep because of the two quizzes on migration between states, where blue states were a source of people leaving while red states got a lot of new people.
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Level 52
Oct 28, 2020
Just curious, where do you get data for something like incarceration rates for democrats and republicans?