Is it any better to live in a predominately Republican than a Democratic state? We, as a country, certainly argue for one party being better than the other, but is one actually a better place to live? I can't answer for you, but perhaps with some information, you can choose for yourself.
Recently, after reading an article, and many of the pointed comments which followed it, I wanted to look at the relative differences of a variety of factors. The author of the original article referred to the supposed difference between the education of the left and the right, but I don’t think he meant it in terms of schooling. I think he meant to say that in his opinion, Republicans were more politically astute and questioned why the party that frequently claims to be smarter (the Intelligentsia) could not see his, or their, viewpoint.
The basis of this article is statistics on a variety of areas, from education and income to unemployment and teen pregnancy, and ranking each state in those categories. But to begin this article, I want to look at which way each state leans politically, and then continue with metrics about each.
The current political maps (red, blue, and purple) try to show the direction that each state leans politically, usually based on a current poll which is likely biased by the poll taker's own politics; certainly on the particular questions asked and the manner in which they are asked. This graphic shows the outcome of the 2008 presidential election; the map is interactive and shows the results by state. There is one of these maps for every national election, but I have never seen one that shows the general, everyday political bent of the states, so I made one.
I determined the “party of the state" by using the following:
• The party of the state’s Governor
• The party of the Lt. Governor
• The parties of the two U.S. Senators
• The U.S. House of Representatives parties
• The parties of the state legislative members
I expect some disagreement over the method used to determine state party affiliation, but of course, you are free to make your own map using whatever criteria you choose. I think though, that no matter how you split up the states, the conclusions that I came to will still hold.