Source: Rachael Dottle, Ella Koeze, and Julia Wolfe, The 2018 Midterms, In 4 Charts, November 13, 2018, https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-2018-midterms-in-4-charts/.   Readers: Some interested 2018 Midterm Elections charts from FiveThirtyEight. Enjoy! Michael        

Readers: Some of you may be wondering why I am devoting my blog posts lately to the midterm election that just occurred. My reasoning for this is that I think some of the most creative data visualizations are created right before and after a major election cycle. Today, I am showcasing some charts that were […]

Readers: Well, for better or worse, the 2018 midterm elections are over. A lot of discussion surrounding the blue wave entering the election and the Democrats will have reason to be optimistic. They increased their support in large areas of the Midwest and the Rust Belt, regions where President Donald Trump dominated in 2016, most notably […]

Religion, not race, is the best single predictor of voting preferences America’s founding fathers envisioned a republic in which free-thinking voters would carefully consider the proposals of office-seekers. Today, however, demography seems to govern voters’ choices. Since April 2017 The Economist and YouGov, a pollster, have surveyed 1,500 Americans each week. They have built a statistical model […]

Readers: Disclaimer: I am a registered Independent voter. I tend to vote for those candidates who I think will best serve their constituents and our great country. The rest of it is just noise. I try not to stray into the realm of U.S. politics in my dataviz blogging. Having done so in the past has […]

Gerrymandering has been part of the political landscape for over 200 years. Yet, many people do not fully understand what it is and it is often difficult to explain. The chart above was adapted by The Washington Post from a similar one that was posted to Reddit back in 2015. This chart provides a simple, more […]

Readers: This was an interesting, creative story and data visualization that appeared in last Wednesday’s New York Times. It was written and created by Tim Wallace of The New York Times. Mr. Wallace is a designer, mapmaker, obsessor of old things, gummi bear enthusiast. He is currently the Graphics Editor at The New York Times with a PhD […]

Readers: Finally, it is Election Day here in the good old U.S. of A. This election has been the angriest election in my lifetime. Friendships have been lost, families are squabbling, fights have broken out, etc. Regardless of what your political affiliation is, I am sure you and I are both glad this is over […]

Source: Jim Taylor Ph.D., Six Reasons Why Politicians Believe They Can Lie, Psychology Today, Sep 24, 2012, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-power-prime/201209/six-reasons-why-politicians-believe-they-can-lie. NOTE: Full Biography of Mr. Taylor can be found at the end of his article below. Do politicians really think they won’t be caught when they lie? With the presidential and congressional campaigns in the homestretch, the quadrennial […]

Readers: So, yesterday was an interesting day. I had 4,000+ views of the original post of the Chart, Who Lies More – A Comparison (see image to the right).  I also had the most comments about an individual post in the history of me blogging about data visualization. A lot of you who posted comments are more […]