Michael’s a Republican, Susan’s a Democrat

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.

2 Responses to Michael’s a Republican, Susan’s a Democrat

  1. 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.