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The bipartisanship of turkeys

Pew Research has posted some data showing that the vast majority (>85 percent) of turkeys are produced in just 13 states. I rearranged the data to calculate the distribution of these turkeys by state. The result: Looks like Thanksgiving turkeys are neither red nor blue nor purple, but quintessentially American!

(Data: Pew Research; Figure: Joshua Tucker/The Monkey Cage)
(Data: Pew Research; Figure: Joshua Tucker/The Monkey Cage)


Of course, as is often the case, there are more red states producing smaller numbers of turkeys, and one blue state that produces a disproportionately high number of turkeys (although in this case it is Minnesota, not California!)! Here’s the data from Pew:

(Data and Figure: Pew Research
(Data and Figure: Pew Research

Happy Thanksgiving from The Monkey Cage!

Joshua Tucker is a Professor of Politics at New York University. He specializes in voting, partisanship, public opinion, and protest, as well as the relationship of social media usage to all of these forms of behavior, with a focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.



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