The great divide

If you are a geographical determinist, you’ll love this piece by the Seattle Times‘s Danny Westneat. Where you live in Washington state says much about your politics. Those living east of the Cascades vote Republican. With a few exceptions, most of us living on the west side prefer Democrats—by huge margins, especially in King County.

The print edition of this morning’s Times includes a graphic (I couldn’t locate it online) that illustrates just how divided our state is. Indeed, we may as well be two states.

Why the differences? Beyond my pay grade. But it’s long been clear that urban living tends to the political left; less denser areas opt for the right of the spectrum. Also, there’s a strong correlation between income, education, and liberalism. Correlation, as they say, is not causation. So the answer to the question rests among the academics.