Two Party Statistics

In: Politics

20 Oct 2009

A wonderful infographic from Information is Beautiful, from David’s upcoming book The Visual Miscellaneum. Also, an interesting bit of political trivia: Switzerland and the United States are the only countries where red=right wing and blue=liberal; every where else it’s the other way around.


3 Responses to Two Party Statistics


David Driscoll

October 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Red was liberal and blue was right wing in America until the 2000 election.

Cronkite described the electoral map of the 1972 election as “an ocean of blue, from sea to shining sea” after McGovern won MA & DC and lost 49 states.



October 22nd, 2009 at 11:51 am

I wonder how much this chart reflects the modern parties.

They are, of course, not so unified as all that…

Certainly, as a pragmatic, technocratic left libertarian (or as close to that as anything else), I feel left out.



October 22nd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Actually, David, it differed network to network before 2000. Some would have it one way, and others would have it reversed. Somehow, magically, everybody agreed all of a sudden that red=Republican and blue=Democrat.

I much preferred it before.

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