Findings of Note

Political Polarization and Personal Life

*75% of the consistently conservative (“conservatives” henceforth) prefer to live in larger houses that are farther apart. 77% of the consistently liberal (“liberals” henceforth) prefer to live in smaller houses, closer to each other, and within walking distance to schools, stores, and restaurants. The total population is more evenly split (49% vs 48%)

*41% of conservatives prefer living in a rural area. 46% of liberals prefer living in cities. Total population evenly split at 24% each. 

*50% of conservatives say it’s important to them to live in a place where most people share their political views. 35% for liberals. 28% for the total population.

*63% of conservatives say most of their close friends share their political views, compared to 49% for liberals and 35% for the total population.

*76% of liberals say ethnic diversity is an important factor in deciding where to live, compared to 20% for conservatives and 45% for the total population.

*57% of conservatives say an important factor in deciding where to live is whether many in the area share their religious faith. 17% for liberals. 36% for the total population. 

*73% of liberals think being near art museums and theatres is important in deciding where to live, compared to 23% of conservatives and 46% of the total population. 

(Via Pew Research)

Percentage of Same-Sex Couples That Can Marry in the US
(Via David Mendoza)

Percentage of Same-Sex Couples That Can Marry in the US

(Via David Mendoza)

The largest immigrant population in each state (2010 vs 1910)
Some surprises for me (in the 2010 map): Connecticut = Jamaica, Alaska = Philippines, West Virginia = India. 
(Via Pew Research)

The largest immigrant population in each state (2010 vs 1910)

Some surprises for me (in the 2010 map): Connecticut = Jamaica, Alaska = Philippines, West Virginia = India. 

(Via Pew Research)

The Accuracy of Climate Science Coverage on Cable News
"Fox News climate change coverage is now 28% accurate, up from 7%"

The Accuracy of Climate Science Coverage on Cable News

"Fox News climate change coverage is now 28% accurate, up from 7%"

The Media Gender Gap 

(More at Women’s Media Center)

The essence of the Casey report is a newly devised index based on 12 indicators measuring a child’s success from birth to adulthood. The indicators include reading and math proficiency, high school graduation data, teen birthrates, employment prospects, family income and education levels, and neighborhood poverty levels.

Nationally, Asian children had the highest composite score at 776, followed by white children at 704. Then there was a sharp drop-off: the scores were 404 for Latino children, 387 for American-Indian children and 345 for black children.

Wisconsin had the worst score for its black youth at 285, followed by Mississippi, then Michigan.

In Michigan, unlike Wisconsin, white children also ranked in the bottom half of the index.

In the Casey index for American Indian children, the South Dakota score of 185 was the lowest of any racial group in any state — a result of the deep poverty that prevails on many of South Dakota’s Indian reservations.

Study’s Low Marks On Youth Well-Being Stir States

(The Annie E. Casey Foundation report)

British vs U.S. Health Care Prices

(More here)

Interactive map of where states stand on same-sex marriage. 
Including Michigan, there have now been five states in which a federal judge has recently struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. 

Interactive map of where states stand on same-sex marriage.

Including Michigan, there have now been five states in which a federal judge has recently struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. 

U.S. Productivity and Median Family Income

The gap between productivity and median real income is at an historic all-time high today. So where are all of the gains in productivity going? Two places: First, owners of capital are getting a bigger share of GDP than before. … Second, the highest paid workers are getting a bigger share of the wages that go to labor. The net result is that families at the higher end of the income distribution have received more of the income produced by the economy since the 1980s. 

(Via House of Debt)

U.S. Productivity and Median Family Income

The gap between productivity and median real income is at an historic all-time high today. So where are all of the gains in productivity going? Two places: First, owners of capital are getting a bigger share of GDP than before. … Second, the highest paid workers are getting a bigger share of the wages that go to labor. The net result is that families at the higher end of the income distribution have received more of the income produced by the economy since the 1980s. 

(Via House of Debt)

The Relationship Between Life Expectancy & Income, by County.

From the article:

For the upper half of the income spectrum, men who reach the age of 65 are living about six years longer than they did in the late 1970s. Men in the lower half are living just 1.3 years longer.

“We have these causal pathways, through better jobs, better health insurance, better choice of behaviors. [On top of that] there’s the stress effects of poverty and low educational status.” - David Kindig, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine 

(Via New York Times)