This Is the Real Political Map of America—We Are Not That Divided
This is the real political map of the United States of America after the presidential election. A fascinating view, much different from the maps you saw that night, which showed an artificial, binary divide. But these maps demonstrate that there is not such a huge divide between rural and urban America.
At the top of the column you can see the usual representation by state: who won where. One or the other. It shows a big area of red (republican) and some blue (democrat). If you see the results by county (second in the column), the divide is even more overwhelming. Visually, it appears as if a few are imposing their will on a huge majority. We know that’s not the case, but that’s what the maps convey.
That’s why those maps are not really good for understanding what really happened. They convey the wrong idea.
The third map of the column is much more accurate. Created by Mark Newman (Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, it mixes blue and red based on popular vote percentage instead of showing a binary representation.