Blue States Red States
Blue States Red States is a phrase used to identify not only the difference between states where majorities of participating voters selected John Kerry (Blue) or George W. Bush (Red) for President in the 2004 general election, but also a social and cultural dividing line between the progressive and rational predominantly northern tier of states and the conservative predominantly southern tier of states. Most of the comparisons made between the two groups of states point up collective deficiencies rather than the strengths of social conditions in the Red states.
Fifteen of the top 19 states for people over 25 with a bachelor's went for Kerry (exceptions were Colorado, Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska) 27 of the btootm 31 were for Bush(exceptions were the swing states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Maine, and Michigan)
Amount gotten back from the feds
Bush won 13 of the 14 biggest welfare states (exception was Hawaii, which was not solid Kerry) Kerry won 12 of the most screwed states (exceptions were swing states of Colorado and Nevada)
Teen pregnancy rates
Same pattern as the others. Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate.
"Aside from the quickie-divorce Mecca of Nevada, no region of the United States has a higher divorce rate than the Bible Belt. Nearly half of all marriages break up, but the divorce rates in these southern states are roughly 50 percent above the national average.
According to federal figures:
Nationally, there were about 4.2 divorces for every thousand people in 1998.
The rate was 8.5 per thousand in Nevada, 6.4 in Tennessee, 6.1 in Arkansas, 6.0 in Alabama and Oklahoma.
Of southeastern states, only South Carolina's rate of 3.8 was below the national average.
By contrast, the divorce rate is less than 3.0 in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York."
(Source: Associated Press)
No Kerry state is in the top 16 for energy usage.
No Bush state is in the bottom 6.
Rural VT still manages to rank 40th.