obama_vs_mccain: Obama vs. McCain

Description Format Note References

Description

State-by-state voting information in the 2008 US presidential election, along with contextual information on income, unemployment, ethnicity and religion.

Format

A data frame with 52 observations (one for each US state) and the following columns.

State

The name of the US state.

Region

The US Federal region.

Obama

Percentage of voters who voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.

McCain

Percentage of voters who voted for John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.

Turnout

Percentage of people who voted in the 2008 presidential election.

Unemployment

Percentage of people who are unemployed.

Income

Mean annual income in US dollars.

Population

Number of people living in the state.

Catholic

Percentage of people identifying as Catholic.

Protestant

Percentage of people identifying as Protestant.

Other

Percentage of people identifying as religious, but not Catholic or Protestant.

Non.religious

Percentage of people identifying as non-religious.

Black

Percentage of people identifying as black.

Latino

Percentage of people identifying as Latino.

Urbanization

Percentage of people living in an urban area.

Note

Religious identification data are not available for Alaska and Hawaii. The totals of these columns is generally less than 100, since some people didn't give an answer. The District of Columbia is included, even though it isn't a state. The dataset is not guaranteed to be error free. Please double check the data if you want to use it for something serious.

References

This dataset was kindly compiled and provided by Edwin Thoen [email protected].

The voting information came from http://www.uselectionatlas.org/, extracted on 2011-12-09.

The ethnicity, income and urbanisation information came from http://quickfacts.census.gov, extracted on 2011-12-09.

The unemployment information came from http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000, extracted 2011-12-09.

The religious information came from Table 12 of the American Religious Identification Survey 2008. http://commons.trincoll.edu/aris/files/2011/08/ARIS_Report_2008.pdf.


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