Why do ideologies split along geographical lines?

Posted: September 26, 2011 in politics

It’s happening in the current Ontario election.  Large cities tend to vote Liberal, central, rural Ontario tends to be Tory, and the far north tends to be NDP.

It happens in federal politics, where whole regions, like the west, can usually be seen to vote along particular party lines.

It certainly happens in the U.S., where Republicans dominate certain parts of the country, -usually the underprivileged states.  The map shows that the ten most poor states in the Union are usually swept by Republicans.

So, why is this?  I don’t really know right now, but it’s an interesting question.  I’ll give it some thought.

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