Home > Uncategorized > California is polarized

California is polarized

The above statement is perhaps not surprising, but a recent graph by Boris Shor shows us just how polarized the state legislature is. The graph shows common-space scores (measures of ideology derived from votes taken in the legislatures) for legislators in each of the states. Note that California’s Republicans are more conservative than any other state’s on average, and California’s Democrats are likewise more liberal than any other state’s. The distance between the two parties is (as one might therefore expect) greater than in any other state.

npat_boxplot_states_parties_mcmc[h/t Monkey Cage and 538.com]

Advertisements
Categories: Uncategorized Tags:
  1. No comments yet.
  1. October 25, 2009 at 7:18 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: