Objects in Mirror

Do your politics reflect your location?

Posted at 1:09 PM on February 20, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Curtis Gilbert produced a feature that caught my eye: Why Dems rule the city -- Republicans, the outer ring. Like anything to do with politics, it touches on income, race, political identity and... wait for it... polarization. Do we polarize ourselves geographically? From the feature:

"It's as if the Republicans are a tribe and they're living in one part of Minnesota, and Democrats are another tribe living elsewhere," Humphrey Institute political scientist Larry Jacobs marvels. "It is one of the most striking manifestations of the polarization in our political world today. We are literally living apart."
Join the online discussion. Does like draw like, or do our values determine where we live, and then result in neighborhood political pockets? Does this supplement your ideas about redistricting?

You can also speak up about where you - and your politics - land on the "Politics of Place" map. Share your insights as to how where you live relates to your politics.

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