Stats Showing Trump Was Elected By People Who Must Not Care About Reality and Facts

It’s no secret that Donald Trump’s path to the White House was fueled by lies, propaganda, conspiracies, racism, and bigotry. Millions of people were conned into voting for a hustler who did nothing more than spend his campaign pandering to their delusional, ignorant, and warped view of the world. People who seem to think that what they want to be real matters more than actual reality.

As many have pointed out before, it’s not a coincidence that one of Trump’s largest and most consistent voting blocs were some of the least educated among us.

Taking that a step further, if you go through some statistics in this country (education, poverty, access to health care, infant mortality rate, median household income), the vast majority of the states that performed the worst in every category voted for Trump.

Let’s start with education. According to the U.S. Census, here are the bottom 10 states when it comes to percentage of citizens with a Bachelor’s degree or higher:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Mississippi
  3. Arkansas
  4. Kentucky
  5. Louisiana
  6. Nevada
  7. Alabama
  8. Indiana
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Tennessee

Of those 10 states, 9 voted for Trump — Nevada was the only one that didn’t.

On the flip side, here are the top 10 states when it comes to the percentage of citizens with a Bachelor’s degree or higher:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Colorado
  3. Maryland
  4. Connecticut
  5. New Jersey
  6. Virginia
  7. Vermont
  8. New Hampshire
  9. New York
  10. Minnesota

Every single one of those states voted for Hillary Clinton.

Next, let’s look at access to health care.

Here are the worst 10 states when it comes to having access to health care:

  1. Alaska
  2. Florida
  3. Mississippi
  4. Texas
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Georgia
  7. Idaho
  8. Montana
  9. Wyoming
  10. Alabama

Every single one of those states voted for Trump. They’re also states controlled by Republicans, and 8 out of the 10 refused to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, 9 of the top 10 states for access to health care (MA, HI, VT, CT, MD, RI, MN, NH, WA) voted for Clinton, Iowa being the lone exception.

Moving on to poverty.

Here are the 10 states that rank worst when it comes to poverty rate:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. New Mexico
  4. Kentucky
  5. West Virginia
  6. Arkansas
  7. Alabama
  8. Arizona
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Georgia

Once again, 9 out of 10 (New Mexico is the only exception), voted for Trump.

Now let’s look at infant mortality rate. The 10 states that rank worst are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Delaware
  3. Alabama
  4. Georgia
  5. Louisiana
  6. Arkansas
  7. Indiana
  8. North Carolina
  9. Oklahoma
  10. South Dakota

Following the pattern we’ve seen in the first few categories, 9 out of 10 of those states voted for Trump.

For some further perspective, let’s look at the 10 states with the lowest median household income. Shockingly, most of them voted for Trump, too:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Arkansas
  3. West Virginia
  4. Alabama
  5. Kentucky
  6. New Mexico
  7. Louisiana
  8. South Carolina
  9. Tennessee
  10. North Carolina

And just as I thought, once again, 9 out of 10 of those states voted for Trump.

Finally, let’s look at the 10 states that lead the country in per capita gun violence, shall we? Those states are:

  1. Alaska
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. Alabama
  5. Montana
  6. Arkansas
  7. New Mexico
  8. Wyoming
  9. South Carolina
  10. Oklahoma

Here we have another instance where 9 of the 10 states that rank the worst in some category voted for Trump.

Keep in mind that not only did these states vote for Trump, but almost all of them are controlled by Republican governors and/or state legislatures.

So, what does this information tell us? Looking at the 10 states which rank the worst for:

  • Citizens who don’t have an education.
  • Lack of access to health care for their citizens while refusing to expand Medicaid.
  • Percentage of people living in poverty.
  • Higher rates of infant mortality.
  • Lowest levels of median household income.
  • Per capita gun violence.

Almost all of them are “red states” mostly controlled by Republicans, and also voted for Donald J. Trump.

These folks define the term “voting against their own interests.”

The pattern is undeniable. It’s the same type of pattern my Forward Progressives colleague Arik Bjorn found a few years back when looking at the 10 worst driving states, most of which were controlled by Republicans and refused to expand Medicaid. Another shocker: The 10 states on his list all voted for Trump in 2016 as well.

By nearly every measurable negative statistic, when you look at the 10 states that rank worst in each of them, nearly every one of them voted for Trump — that’s not a coincidence.

I’d also like to point out how often former Confederate states appear on these lists. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone reading this that out of the 13 states which comprised the Confederacy, Trump won 12. Virginia was the only former Confederate state that went for Clinton.

As I’ve written about before, when you look back on our history, conservatives are almost always on the wrong side of it.

Normally I would elaborate more on what all this data means, but I don’t really think I need to. I believe these stats, the states listed, and how they voted during the 2016 election (and most elections, for that matter) speak for themselves.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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