Uneducated and Conservative
Finding an association between low education levels and identifying as a conservative. Any surprises?
NOTE: Interpretation of this chart is somewhat unorthodox. Looking at the table view may help make sense of it. For example, Mississippi has an overall score of 1.45, making it white on the map. This score was derived by taking the Percentage of High School Graduates (77%) and dividing it by the score for Most Conservative States (53% of MS residents self-identify as conservative). On the other hand, New Hampshire has an 88% HS graduation rate and a 38% conservative identity. Overall, the darker the state, the more educated and less conservative its population.
People leave high school for many reasons. Poverty and interpersonal conflicts (e.g. within the family, between the student and a teacher) are among the most common causes. People identify as conservative for many reasons (e.g. seeing no value in government services, resenting paying taxes, valuing self-sufficiency, preferring the social status quo to adaptations thereof). On the surface these seem like unrelated conditions.
Yet perhaps there is at least a correlation between being less educated and being conservative. Nearly all Americans graduate from high school in this day and age. Yet the percentage of non-graduates is not evenly distributed across states. Nor is self-identifying as a conservative. To what extent to these factors relate? How could a better chart be constructed to demonstrate this (potential) relationship?
Something as complex as political identity cannot be caused by a single factor. What are some other factors contributing to one's political perspective? Why would someone identify as liberal or conservative (as opposed to just having opinions on issues)? What factors influence that choice?
Could political identity have a cultural component? Could that cultural component be heavily influenced by the level of education one has completed? Consider possible links.
|Rank||Region||% of People 25 Yrs & Up Who Completed High School||÷||Most Conservative States||Result|
|1||District of Columbia||84.00||÷||17.00||4.94|