Who is more likely to be a Ted Cruz supporter: An American named Gene, or an American named Liz? Which of the two is more likely to support Hillary Clinton? How about Travis or Mohammad?
A project created by Verdant Labs, a company that makes mobile applications, offers an interesting look at the political affiliations that underlie American names. The company broke down the names of political donors using data collected from the Federal Election Commission on 20 million campaign contributions from 1996 to the present, to create a few different views on how names figure into politics. Looking at the results, you can see evidence that race, sex and various cultural differences play into both people's names and their political views.
First, they looked at the most Republican and Democratic names, according to Federal Election Commission donor data. They created a massive table that ranks names by the ratio of Democratic to Republican donors with that name. The data shows that Dylans, Hillaries and Krishnas who have made recent political donations are more likely to be liberals, while Donalds, Brittanies and Dentons are disproportionately conservative.
Here are the popular names that are most likely to belong to Republican donors, according to Verdant's lists:
And the popular names that were most likely to give to the Democrats:
You can see more names (and search for your own) by visiting the project here.
In another project, they calculated the donor names that are most skewed toward each 2016 presidential candidate. (To figure out names that were particularly supportive of a candidate, they calculated the number of people with this name who contributed to a particular candidate, such as Hillary Clinton, as a percentage of the number of people with this same name who contributed to any of the candidates.)
The names of people most likely to contribute to Hillary Clinton included Mohammad, Liz, Juan, Courtney and Meredith. For Bernie Sanders, the top contributors were Karl, Ian, Aaron, Jacob and Sean.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump’s top contributor names were Bobby, Curtis, Kent, Billy and Bernard, while Ted Cruz got outsize contributions from Billy, Gene, Travis, Jeffery and Bryan. The names most likely to contribute to John Kasich were Glen, Rodney, Martin, Bernard and Gary.
The bottom five names might tell you something as well. For Hillary Clinton, the bottom five names were all male. For Donald Trump, they were all female. For John Kasich, four out of the five were female names. For Ted Cruz, the figures were the same, and the fifth name was Mohammad.
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