Michael’s a Republican, Susan’s a Democrat

by Andrew Gelman on October 2, 2012 · 2 comments

in Campaigns and elections,Political Economy

Chris Wilson parsed the Federal Election Commission database by first name:

(Click to get to the interactive version, also don’t forget to click on the dot in the lower-right to arrange by money.)

It’s no surprise that men give more to Republicans and women to Democrats, or that the average contribution to a Republican has a larger dollar value than the average contribution to a Democrat, nor perhaps should we be surprised that “Tom” splits his support between the two parties while “Thomas” is a strong Republican. Still, it’s fun to see the data.

Overall, I think this graph understates contributions to Republicans because it doesn’t include those new super-pacs.

P.S. I found the link from Jay Livingston so I looked up Jay. $320,000 to Democrats, $570,000 to Republicans. Andrews are much more closely split, at $1.3 million for each party.


Justin Nelson October 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Interesting– if you arrange it by number of donors, the least Republican men’s name (Jonathan, 59/41 Dem) is still more Republican than the least Democratic women’s name (Betty, 63/37 Dem).

Andrew Gelman October 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I don’t know what’s up with Jonathan. He must be a wuss who lets his wife make his campaign contributions for him.

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