Republicans Less Likely to be Unemployed

According to Rasmussen (h/t):

Data from Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveys shows that 15.0% of Democrats in the workforce are currently unemployed and looking for a job. Among adults not affiliated with either major party, that number is 15.6% while just 9.9% of Republicans are in the same situation….The percentage of unemployed Democrats has grown less than a point from 14.2% in February….Among those not affiliated with either major party, unemployment has grown by more than two percentage points from 13.3% in February to 15.6% now.
As for Republicans, the percentage unemployed has also grown more than two points after starting at just 7.8% in February.

Looking at this map and comparing it to what we know about the usual red/blue breakdown might add some clarification. I’m not sure, but interesting.

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mangeek
mangeek
11 years ago

So you’re saying that red-state workers who collect massive subsidies to produce food even when there’s a glut of it in the market are still employed? Not surprising.
I’m curious if the ’employment gap’ between Democrats and Republicans holds in non-subsidy collecting areas.

Marc
Marc
11 years ago

mangeek, I’m not “saying” anything. Quell the knee-jerkiness for a sec. In all sincerity, I’m really not sure what the explanation/correlation is. But surely farm subsidies (no fan here) can’t be the only reason (and rural/agricultural regions in the east seem to be suffering…maybe they don’t get the subsidization). I did note that it looks like the area of Northern Virginia (D.C. burbs) has lower unemployment than the rest of the east coast. Maybe a rise in government jobs? Then there’s NH and a bit of VT…what peculiar circumstance insulates those areas?

rhody
rhody
11 years ago

Maybe there are employers out there with political litmus tests.
Or people who lie about their political affiliations (if they’re asked) to get into companies that are hiring. I can see people doing that in this job market.

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