5 myths about politics, busted by data
Politics is full of false stereotypes. Journalists (myself included) often toss out generalizations — “Republicans are the rural party!” or “Democrats now win White college graduates!” — in an attempt to make some broader point. In their haste, they paint cartoonish or inaccurate portraits of voters from both parties.
Thankfully, the Pew Research Center recently released data that might help. Its validated voter survey, which uses official state records to check whether respondents really voted, dispels five common political misconceptions: