Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Poverty by Political Party

The US Census Bureau released a new report showing poverty rates in each US state. The dark blue states in the first graphic represent those with the highest poverty rates with at least a sixth of the population living in poverty.

The second graphic below shows each state's party affiliation (with results taken from the most recent presidential election). Republicans are in red, Democrat in blue.

Notice how Republicans control 13 of the 15 states with the highest poverty rates. The state of the economy is the central issue in the upcoming midterm elections. We can already see the success of the GOP policy agenda. Why can’t the rest of America be so observant?