Mapping the Secession Signatures

by John Sides on November 14, 2012 · 2 comments

in Campaigns and elections,Data

Neil Caren has the data and the map above, which he is updating.  More here.

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High Plains Drifter November 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

This map (and many others since the election) are certainly fun. However I wonder if it misrepresents the level of secession fervor by multiplying counts, represented with color intensities, by areas. For example, several the data light up several tracts in Wyoming and Montana that are bigger than Rhode Island which has a higher population than either state. And I don’t think comparing the counts to zero is quite right either. Comparing them to total populations or to some relevant metric for taking action would seem to put them in better context.

Neal Caren November 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

Thanks for posting about the map! Sorry for any confusion–the colors are based on the proportion of residents who signed, not the count. It does, however, give you the raw count when you hover over a county. I thought both were relevant so I tried to present both pieces of information.

A trickier thing to represent on the map is the absolute of support for the petitions. Even in the top two states in terms of proportion of residents signing a petition–Alabama and Louisiana–only 0.25% of the population has signed. Or in Texas, for example, the number of people signing is equal to just 1.1% of the number of votes cast for Mitt Romney. On the other hand, it’s only been in the public eye for three days.

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