Graph depicting Poverty Rate By State
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Sources: Census

Data: Excel

Last updated: April 14, 2015

 

Poverty Compared to Support for Obama



Description: The vertical axis represents the percentage of the population of each state who are below the poverty line. The horizontal axis represents the percentage of voters who voted for President Obama in the 2012 elections.

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Discussion: The red states clearly tend to have a larger share of their populations in poverty. On average, blue states have a poverty rate of 12.9% while red states average 15.4%.

The blue dot far above the rest is New Mexico. The two red dots with few people in poverty where President Obama got very low support are Utah and Wyoming.

Nine of the ten states with the most poverty are red. New Mexico is the exception. Eight of the ten states with the fewest people in poverty are blue. Utah and North Dakota are the exceptions.


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