9/29/2005

Daily Kos: Bush's "Voter Remorse Index"

Bush's "Voter Remorse Index"
by GOPhuckYourself [Subscribe]
Wed Sep 28th, 2005 at 23:46:55 CDT

I was playing around with my electoral vote tracking poll spreadsheet and I came up with a completely unscientific way of measuring voter remorse.

I call it the VRI, or Voter Remorse Index.

To generate this, I took the 2004 presidential election totals and compared them to the most recent SurveyUSA 50-state tracking poll of Bush's approval/disapproval and came up with a number.

The red states, according to this formula, are suffering from serious voter's remorse.

More (including the results) below the fold -->

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The idea is simple. For instance, Bush won Idaho with 68.38% of the vote. In the recent SurveyUSA poll, Bush's approval rating in Idaho was 57%. Thus, his VRI is -11.38 in the state of Idaho.

The top 10:

1 South Dakota -15.91
2 Kansas -15.00
3 Oklahoma -14.57
4 Wyoming -13.86
5 Ohio -13.81
6 Virginia -13.68
7 Alabama -13.46
8 Missouri -13.30
9 New Jersey -13.24
10 Florida -13.10

All of these (with the exception of #9, New Jersey), were states that were carried by Bush, and four of these states Bush won with more than 60% of the vote.

Red states also make up 15 of the top 20 states in voter's remorse. Blue states make up 13 of the 20 states with the least voter's remorse (obviously because they did not vote as heavily for Bush).

Washington, DC, has, as expected, the least amount of voter's remorse, since only 9.34% of the district voted for Bush, and the district's approval rating of Bush is currently at 9%.

It is interesting to note that every state is suffering from voter's remorse. 29 of the 50 states have a VRI of -10 or greater.

Daily Kos: Bush's "Voter Remorse Index"

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