Last week I published this map of the counties that voted more republican this presidential election and called it the US poverty belt.
Some readers strongly disagreed.
But it seems that at least the New York Times agrees with my analysis.
This week they published
For South, a Waning Hold on Politics
One of the key points in Today’s article states:
Southern counties that voted more heavily Republican this year than in 2004 tended to be poorer, less educated and whiter, a statistical analysis by The New York Times shows. Mr. Obama won in only 44 counties in the Appalachian belt, a stretch of 410 counties that runs from New York to Mississippi. Many of those counties, rural and isolated, have been less exposed to the diversity, educational achievement and economic progress experienced by more prosperous areas.
In the accompanying table one of the key points showed the more the shift towards republican the more likely the county was likely to have a larger share of its population with an income below $30,000. The counties that went more republican by at least 10 points have over 50% of their population with an income of under $30,000.
If you right click on the table you can see some comparisons not now visible.
The other point I did not comment on last week is that the second US poverty belt located in the South–western Desert of the US also voted more republican.
This map can be found here.
Update: edited for format.