The History of American Political Opinion, in Video The History of American Political Opinion, in Video
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The History of American Political Opinion, in Video

by Morgan Clendaniel

November 23, 2010

David B. Sparks has created a fascinating video, in which the entire country's voting patterns from 1920 to the present slowly fade from one election to the next, giving a very interesting picture of how political opinion has evolved in different parts of the country.

Sparks writes:

This animated interpretation accentuates certain phenomena: the breadth and duration of support for Roosevelt, the shift from a Democratic to a Republican South, the move from an ostensibly east-west division to the contemporary coasts-versus-heartland division, and the stability of the latter.

More broadly, this video is a reminder that what constitutes “politics as usual” is always in flux, shifting sometimes abruptly. The landscape of American politics is constantly evolving,  as members of the two great parties battle for electoral supremacy.

Via TPM

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The History of American Political Opinion, in Video