Looks like one can add "Becoming a Democrat" to the list of vices afflicting anyone who dares leave the countryside for the temptations of city life.
Business Insider informs us
of the increasing gulf in voter profiles between residents of large metros and folks in America's hinterlands. In a nutshell - which happens to be the size of certain apartments in a very blue city
- urban dwellers vote Democrat, and everyone else Republican. This holds even for states that are typically well-worn GOP territory.
"Every one of Texas' major cities - Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio - voted Democratic in 2012," writes The Atlantic's
Josh Kron, "the second consecutive presidential election in which they've done so."
So what explains the above? Mark Hendrickson at Forbes offers
his theory, which will be a stretch of highway-length proportions for some. Citing libertarian icon and author Rose Wilder Lane of "Little House on the Prairie" fame, he echoes her belief that city life saps self-sufficiency and engenders a taste for government dependency.
"Affluent denizens of our metropolises," Hendrickson writes, "are removed from the harsher daily realities of life that confront those on the front lines of mankind's ongoing economic struggle."
Via Business Insider, The Atlantic, and Forbes