CNN Money has a political article today with an interesting title: Obama may be a job creator after all.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Republicans may soon lose a key talking point. According to data released Thursday, President Obama may now be a net job creator.
In the year following Obama’s inauguration, the U.S. economy lost about 4.3 million jobs. But new figures released Thursday show 4.4 million jobs have been added back since then.
Of course, these facts only resonate with high-information voters. The low-information voters, of course, are like dry sponges, ready to absorb any and all propaganda spewed their way. At a recent Obama phone bank, the man sitting next to me engaged me in a conversation about this very issue of the low-information voters. “I travel all around the country, and the dumbest people in the whole nation are found in the South.” I laughed, but he said, “No, it’s true! They are some of the least educated people in America and that’s why they vote for the Republican Party.”
We then got into the topic of why this demographic continues to vote against their own economic interests and we both concluded that it has a lot to do with Christian fundamentalism- a topic that we have exhausted on this blog.
I checked the U.S. Census pdf titled, Education Attainment by State to see if my phone buddy was correct. In 2009, the bottom ten were 6 southern and 2 border states, all scarlet red. Surprisingly, both New Mexico and California were in the bottom ten, obviously due to their heavy Hispanic populations.
At the other end of the education spectrum- those attaining advanced degrees- the top 10 were all solid blue states. In fact, the top 18 were all blue before Kansas appeared as #19. Those at the bottom of the list were all red states with the exception of Iowa.
What conclusion can be drawn here? Is the level of education an indicator of political affiliation? Of voter information levels?
Well, there seems to be some correlation, yet I cannot get past the religious aspect. The Pew Religious Forum presents graphic data that is interesting to read. Fifty-eight percent of ‘evangelical churches’ earn less than $50,000/year whereas that number drops to 46% for mainline Protestant churches. And 50% of those polled claim an evangelical church affiliation live in the South.
Another bit of data shows that 16% of evangelicals have less than a high school degree compared to 9% of mainline Protestant groups. Similarly only 7% of evangelicals have attained a post-graduate degree while that number is doubled in mainline churches. I’m just saying.
The Bible. I wonder how many voters in those red states carry a Bible into the voting booth?