The less-than-blockbuster flick "Cats & Dogs
" could have been entitled "Democrats & Republicans" when seen in the light of a new survey breaking down the link between pet ownership and party ID.
Lucas Kawa at Business Insider informs us
of data from the US Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook - a great desert island read, no doubt - revealing that among the top ten states for dog ownership, fully nine of them voted for Mitt Romney last November. These include Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Mississippi. And of the top five states for cat ownership - Vermont, Maine, Oregon, Washington, and South Dakota - four of them voted for President Obama.
"Red states have the highest rate of dog ownership," writes Kawa, "while residents of blue states are more likely to keep a cat as a pet."
So what gives? Blogger Chuck Rudd says
it's an effect of densely-packed cities, which are more often found in Democratic-leaning states:
Urbanites tend to be liberal, and an apartment is much more conducive to cat ownership. As yard space grows smaller and smaller...we'd expect the prevalence of dog ownership to decline.
Via Business Insider and Gucci Little Piggy