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The change indicates in part that Reagan and his message was very popular.

The reduced rate of change in the South from blue to red is an indication of the remaining "Southern Democrats" who had Republican values and beliefs, but were still pissed off about the Republican Party being on the side of the Union in the Civil War and the Reconstruction.

What is really interesting is when we then look at the 2016 map. It is almost entirely deep red, with the main exceptions being in population centers, primarily on the west and east coasts.

- This indicates that there is a bigger political difference between urban and rural voters. It turns out that the economic descendants of Thomas Jefferson's constituency are more likely to vote Republican. Whoda thought it?

- This sharper division indicates a broader ideological difference between Republicans and Democrats. In the 1976 and even the 1980 maps, we do not see such a sharp division because the two parties. Both in terms of platforms and in terms of beliefs and values of the base, the parties were not particularly different except on key issues. Since then, the philosophies of the two parties have diverged, and the differences are less about how or to what degree, and are now in terms of what the governmental aims should be.

I think the population density has a lot to do with this. People who have more elbow room (in the red swath of the center of the country) want less government involvement. People in denser areas (in the blue spots in population centers) have less elbow room, so they seem to want government to control the problem of other people.

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Hootie(724) Disputed
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The change indicates in part that Reagan and his message was very popular.

Were very popular.

Reagan was a crook. If you can't grasp that then I am afraid there may be something wrong with you. He literally funded terrorist nations and called them "fledgling democracies".

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Were very popular.

Good catch. Thanks. I apologize for my sloppiness in subject-verb agreement.

Reagan was a crook. If you can't grasp that then I am afraid there may be something wrong with you. He literally funded terrorist nations and called them "fledgling democracies".

Yep.

He also told the American people that the US had no troops in El Salvador, when we did. (I knew a guy who was there at the time.)

There is never any excuse for lying to your boss, or in the case of Reagan, his bosses (American Citizens.)

There was also the war on drugs, civil forfeiture without due process or even an indictment under the guise of "zero-tolerance."

The thing is that when looking at the 1980 election, none of that had happened, yet. It was just Reagan's personality and message that were so widely popular.

That popularity was the basis of the change in the electoral maps from 1976 to 1980. That and the fact that Carter had been so ineffective that the shadow of the Watergate scandal was overshadowed by the gas crisis, the Iran crisis, and double-digit inflation.

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Bronto(2002) Disputed
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He literally funded terrorist nations and called them "fledgling democracies".

Cool. A lib condemns liberals in a cut off your nose move to condemn Reagan, by describing every liberal politician on the planet.

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outlaw60(14189) Disputed
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The change indicates in part that Reagan and his message was very popular.

Were very popular.

Reagan was a crook. If you can't grasp that then I am afraid there may be something wrong with you. He literally funded terrorist nations and called them "fledgling democracies".

Do you know how many plane loads of cash Reagan sent to Iran ????????

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