Friday, August 31, 2012
Yes, it is the Political season in the US again, and after the Republican convention, and all the cries of "dog-whistle racism" going on during the Republican National Convention, I wanted to do some statistical analysis in order to think about the way that term gets defined.
In the United States, there are 50 governors -- one for each state. Right now, 29 states are run by a Republican; 20 states are run by a Democrat; 1 is run by an Independent. (see table)
In the states run by Democrats, there are 18 male Governors and 2 female Governors -- a ratio in leaders of 9:1. Of the 29 states run by Republicans, 25 are run by men, 4 by women. That's a ratio of 6.25:1.
Just for kicks, in the Democratic ranks, they have 19 white Governors and 1 black Governor. 19:1 ratio. The Republicans, on the other hand, have 25 white Governors, 2 Indian (from India), and 2 Hispanic -- which is a ratio again of 6.25:1 white to non-white, and this time is a 67% improvement over the Democratic mix.
In case it comes up.