It's the People, Stupid...uh, I mean...It's the Stupid People
Stupid is a word I dislike, much like I dislike the word hate and both are words I generally try my best to avoid. But it was hard to resist this time.
I have found that I'm not alone in speculating about the cognitive abilities of Bush voters and I have seen an attempt to link voter preference with IQ. The attempt was debunked, and rightly so, as there are no reliable data sets from which to make such correlations. But, the case can still be made and I have set out to do just that, though the case may be more one of ignorance than stupidity.
So, using current and verifiable sources such as the US Census (2000) and CNN's election results online, I compared the number of college degree holders by state to voter preference in that state, and on occasions, in selected cities. My rationale is that there must exist some minimum standards for university entry and somewhat higher standards must exist for successful matriculation. By comparing the census data on education for each of the 50 states to each state's winning candidate, I found that in states favoring Kerry, for the most part, 25% or more of the population hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree. It seems a more college-educated population (read: broader world-views, more diversified population) votes Kerry (or NOT Bush, as it were).
I compiled the data in a table with some further elucidation. See it/read about it here.
By the way, I think the south has been getting a bad rap for being so very Bushy, when we're less so overall than some other non-southern states. In fact, some southern states were quite blue in many spots. For true red states, you'll have to visit the mid-west, particularly places like Nebraska, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Wyoming, to name a few.
And for the record, though Louisiana may have been red on that national map, when looked at by parish, (we don't have counties and our legal system still operates under something called the "Napoleonic Code" unlike the rest of the country), New Orleans was a solid, dark blue island in a mottled sea of red, white and somewhat-light-blue. So when the rest of you northeast and west coast folks secede from Jesusland, New Orleans can be a protectorate of the United States of Canada. Think of us as your little tropical island getaway, like the northernmost Virgin Island. We've never fit in with the rest of the south anyway.