Two maps: the cultural divide in the US and UK

There has been much discussion about the ‘divides’ in the US election.  Race, gender, and income status all play a part.  I would add a cultural divide between Cities and beyond the Cities, which revealed itself in the US election and also in Brexit.  In both elections, the popular vote was very close nation-wide but very concentrated (either way) at the local levels.

US presidential results by County:

Democrats mainly concentrated in big cities and university districts with notable exceptions of black and hispanic voting clusters, and some rural Democrats (eg. Vermont).  In Democratic states like Washington, Oregon, and Illinois, you see the polarization where most of the geography went Trump while the major cities went with Hillary.

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Brexit results:

Focusing on England itself, it was London (Remain) versus the countryside and regional cities (Leave).

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Source: Vancouver Sun


  1. Hey Mike,

    Time for some intelligent commentary on the Trump transition and the continuing gong show! And can you please clarify for this poor soul how proportional representation is supposed to make Parliament more “representative”?
    I believe that Westminster style Parliaments are designed for two major Parties who are to sit a sword’s length apart. Since Cromwell’s days, the system has served well. I wonder if we really want a bunch of rump groups sitting around the Members’ lobby representing not the voter, but their Party?
    I am sure there are many of your readers who would enjoy your take on this issue (and preferably before they complete “the questionnaire”. Hope you didn’t write the questions!

    Mike H, enjoying the Arizona sun.



    1. Hello Mike,
      I would note that the House of Commons in the UK has representation from 11 political parties – Tories (pro-Brexit, anti-Brexit), Labour (pro-Corbyn, anti-Corbyn), Scottish Nationalists, Lib Dems, numerous regional parties in Northern Ireland including Sinn Fein, Plaid Cymru, the Greens, UKIP… so I think I’m both agreeing and disagreeing with you. There are two major parties (three if you included the Lib Dems as part of the coalition from 2010 to 2015) but they also have a many “rump groups” as you call them “sitting around the Members’ lobby”. You are underselling the UK’s diversity! But yes, I should weigh in. Unlike you, I have to work for a living so I must find time to ponder these serious issues!



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