Friday, August 31, 2012

Where You Eat=How You Vote

It's been a while since I shared a cool, food-related chart.
This one is cool. And timely!

Following the Chick-Fil-A flap, a couple of research and politics
guys looked into how party registration and volter turnout relate to chain restaurants throughout the country. The result was published in the LA Times. (I found it via the Fast Company design blog.)

The really cool part of the article is this chart:

As the Fast Company post says, this is really about the politics of geography vs. the politics of food:
Many of the places that skew Democrat are mostly in cities (who's surprised to see Whole Foods up there in high turnout/heavily Dem?), while the super-heavily Republican places are mostly found in the South
(though Waffle House gets a snub!).

Overally, the findings fit with the well-known geography of party alliance.

And the places that are ubiquitous? They're right there in the center.
McDonald's, apparently, serves one and all.

Even without any surprises, it's still pretty cool.

Though it's a good reminder that it is a loooooong time 'til November.

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