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Visualized: American Public Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage

Blue: Support | Light Green: Plurality opposed | Dark Green: Majority opposed


On this week’s America Visualized, we take a look at public opinion on state-recognized same-sex marriages. All data used in making the maps above comes from the PRRI, the Public Religion Research Institute.

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NPP #5: Southern Party-Switchers

As a part of a daily series called Non-Political Politics (NPP), Yusoof Monawvil posts daily maps on the obscure, quirky, and unconventional aspects of the United States’ key political institutions—in an undoubtedly non-political manner


Today’s NPP map takes a look at party-switching among Senators. party-switching-npp5

Blue: consistent party affiliation  |  Mid-purple: one Senator has switched party affiliation  |  Purple: both Senators have switched party affiliation


Unlike most NPP maps I make, this one shows some geographic correlation. It seems that the Deep South has a higher proportion of party-switching Senators than other regions of the United States.

At first glance, one might assume that these Senators were part of the old Yellow Dog Democrat brand but in reality, this only accounts for Mississippi’s Thad Cochran—a Southern Democrat who turned Republican amidst the nomination of Richard Nixon in 1968.

The other three Southern Senators—all former Democrats—switched parties much later than Nixon’s nomination and presidency.

  • John Neely Kennedy (LA): 2007
  • Bill Cassidy (LA): 2001
  • Richard Shelby (AL): 1994

As years went on, Southern Democratic Senators found that the increasingly progressive platform of the party hurt them in the polls. Far from being the remnants of an old Southern Democratic political machine, these Senators’ party switches were the results of political polarization and the slow disintegration of the Democratic big tent.

 

NPP #3: Gender in the Senate

 

As a part of a daily series called Non-Political Politics (NPP), Yusoof Monawvil posts daily updates on the obscure, quirky, and unconventional aspects of the United States’ key political institutions—in an undoubtedly non-political manner


npp-three-genderinthesenateBlue: Delegation fully male | Purple: Delegation split| Red: Delegation fully female


Today’s NPP map features a look at the gender makeup of the Senate. Though women make up little over a fifth of the Senate with a total of twenty-one seats being filled by women, only three states have fully female delegations: New Hampshire, Washington, and California. Out of those twenty-one female Senators, sixteen are Democrats, and five are Republicans.

Quite curiously, both members of New Hampshire’s delegation were governor directly prior to being elected to the Senate, Freshman Senator Maggie Hassan’s tenure being from 2013 to 2017 and Senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s tenure lasting from 1997 to 2003.

 

 

NPP #2: Seniority in the Senate

As a part of a daily series called Non-Political Politics (NPP), Yusoof Monawvil posts daily updates on the obscure, quirky, and unconventional aspects of the United States’ key political institutions—in an undoubtedly non-political manner


Senior Senator Decade of Entry
Today’s map features each Senior Senator’s decade of entry by state. Unsurprisingly, the most senior of Senators is Vermont’s Patrick Leahy, followed by the current President Pro Tempore—Utah’s Orrin Hatch and Mississippi’s Thad Cochran. On the other end, we have Alabama’s Luther Strange, appointed earlier this year by former Governor Bentley to fill Sessions’ seat.

NPP #1: Senility of the Senate

As a part of a daily series called Non-Political Politics (NPP), Yusoof Monawvil posts daily updates on the obscure, quirky, and unconventional aspects of the United States’ key political institutions—in an undoubtedly non-political manner


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Today’s map shows the mean age of each state’s Senate delegation in the 115th Congress. With Senator Bernie Sanders (76 years) and former President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy (77 years), Vermont tops the chart with a mean age of 76.5 years. At the other end of the spectrum, Cory Gardner (43 years) and Michael Bennet (52 years) give Colorado the title of youngest Senate delegation with a mean age of 47.5 years.


All NPP maps are original content made by Yusoof Monawvil