Why Dems rule the city — Republicans, the outer ring: Do your politics reflect your location?

Filed in Gather Politics News Channel by on February 20, 2008 0 Comments

MPR’s Curtis Gilbert produced a feature that caught my eye: Why Dems rule the city — Republicans, the outer ring. Like anything to do with politics, it touches on income, race, political identity and… wait for it… polarization. Do we polarize ourselves geographically? From the feature:

“It’s as if the Republicans are a tribe and they’re living in one part of Minnesota, and Democrats are another tribe living elsewhere,” Humphrey Institute political scientist Larry Jacobs marvels. “It is one of the most striking manifestations of the polarization in our political world today. We are literally living apart.”

For open discussion: Does like draw like, or do our values determine where we live, and then result in neighborhood political pockets? Does this supplement your ideas about redistricting?

Julia Schrenkler
Interactive Producer
Minnesota Public Radio
American Public Media
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