Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The History of American Political Opinion

Isarithmic History of the Two-Party Presidential Vote from d sparks on Vimeo.

David B. Sparks, a political science Ph.D candidate at Duke, put together the above animation showing the red-blue divide as it has evolved in presidential elections from 1920-2008.

Sparks writes:
This animated interpretation accentuates certain phenomena: the breadth and duration of support for Roosevelt, the shift from a Democratic to a Republican South, the move from an ostensibly east-west division to the contemporary coasts-versus-heartland division, and the stability of the latter.

More broadly, this video is a reminder that what constitutes “politics as usual” is always in flux, shifting sometimes abruptly. The landscape of American politics is constantly evolving, as members of the two great parties battle for electoral supremacy.

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