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How “tightness” vs “looseness” explains a US domestic map

How “tightness” vs “looseness” explains a US domestic map

We are perpetually in hunt of ways to improved know a informative differences in a nation that lead us to such anomalous politics.

A new paper by dual psychology professors during a University of Maryland proposes a new approach to know a differences between a states: narrowing contra looseness.

Professors Jesse R. Harrington and Michele J. Gelfand studied “the grade to that amicable entities are ‘tight’ (have many strongly enforced manners and small toleration for deviance) versus ‘loose’ (have few strongly enforced manners and greater tolerance for deviance)” and afterwards constructed a ranking of any state from tightest to loosest.  (Among a several characteristics they used to conclude “tight” or “loose” enclosed a use of physical punishment in schools, a rate of executions, entrance to ethanol and a legality of same sex unions. You can review a full paper here.)

Here’s a full rankings.

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And here’s how those rankings interpret in map form.

Map pleasantness of University of Maryland

Map pleasantness of University of Maryland


While it’s not exact, a tightest states tend to be a many solidly conservative/Republican voting and are mostly clumped in a South and Southwest. The study’s authors note that while “tightness” and conservatism are linked, they are not one in a same. And, there are states —  particularly in a western half of a United States — that are utterly regressive politically though on a “looser” finish of a spectrum.

By and large, however, a tight/loose rankings counterpart a domestic map. The South is solidly Republican and tight. Swing states like Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa are in a center of a tightness/looseness rankings. And strongly Democratic areas like New England and a QWest Coast are also among a loosest in a country. Of a 10 tightest states, President Obama averaged only 40.3 percent of a opinion in 2012. In a 10 loosest states, he got an normal of 58.8 percent.

Now association does not equal causation — as a authors note.  But, it’s still a fascinating approach to investigate a informative and domestic currents during work in a country.

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