Thursday, October 29, 2009
Cool Graph, II
The estimates are based on state legislative voting, which might make you wonder how you could possibly compare legislators in one state with those in another. The trick is that some state representatives (for example, Barack Obama) also end up in Congress. There are enough of these overlap cases that you can put legislators from all 50 states on a common scale.
Here’s Boris’s graph showing the estimated positions of Democratic and Republican legislators in all 50 states in the past decade:
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