The Pew Research Center released a report examining the political leanings of different generations: A Different Look at Generations and Partisanship (PDF is here).
See also: A Deep Dive Into Party Affiliation (PDF here).
Scott Clement of the Wonkblog examines five measures of racial prejudice from 3 waves of the General Social Survey conducted by NORC and finds that generally White attitudes towards Black people have not changed much since the Baby Boomers.
Your Body, (Not) Your Choice is a collaboration between Katie Kowalsky, Dylan Moriarty, and Robin Tolochko for the Interactive Cartography & Geovisualization course at UW-Madison.
Due to complex laws, political jargon, and emotional fervor, abortion policy is a contentious topic. There is a wealth of information and misinformation. The combination of vague terminology and lack of uniformity among state laws makes it difficult to interpret the true national status of abortion rights.
The map shows various abortion policies, such as mandated counseling, waiting periods and mandatory ultrasounds by state and over time.
H/T Flowing Data
The Pew Research Center has released a new report (PDF) analyzing governmental and societal impingement on religious beliefs and practices.
This article looks at the overall trends. And this article examines the restrictions and hostilities in the most populous countries.
[click here for link to NYT graphic]
The Equal Justice Initiative has documented 4,000 lynchings in the South between 1870 and 1950. This resource is potentially useful for examining out-migration of blacks, particularly men, from the South during this era. It could also be useful for explaining current race-based inequalities, including incarceration.
Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror
Summary Report | Equal Justice Initiative
Supplement: Lynchings by County [pdf only]
Note that the graphic by the New York Times has a time-dimension in it. I am awaiting the full report from the Equal Justice Initiative to see what additional detail is available in it.
Press Coverage [scroll down]
Who knew that the name Violet was such a good example of a bi-modal distribution?
This was drawn from a very fun post:
How to Tell Someone’s Age When All You Know is Her Name
Nate Silver and Allison McCann | FiveThirtyEight blog
May 29, 2014
We had a previous post on fun with the Social Security names database.
This age of names example is a great applied demography exercise – calculating the median age of names. For that you’ll need a link to the full names database and cohort life tables:
Beyond the Top 1000 Names
Cohort Life Tables for the Social Security Areas by Calendar Year
Here’s also a nice link to some Big Data exercises via Python. There is a lot of code sharing in this GitHub repository.
Alcohol is an entrenched reality of campus life. Read and share this collection of articles on college drinking to inform colleagues and campus discussions, beginning with “A River of Booze: Inside one college town’s uneasy embrace of drinking” by Karin Fischer and Eric Hoover.