Thursday, September 4, 2008

About that "connection"...

Not, Dear Gentle Reader(s), that it matters, but before one takes the Republican National Committee's claim about how much or how well its candidates relate to "Americans," let's look at some specifics as reported on NPR's "All Things Considered." The recording is entitled, "Diversity at GOP, Democratic Conventions Examined."

At the Democratic convention:

44% minorities

24% Black

12% Hispanic

Slightly more women than men

At the Republican convention:

36 total Black delegates; 1.5%, lowest in 40 years,
highest ever 7% in 2004

5% Hispanic

68% Men

32% women

At both conventions the average age was 57.

Now, which party's convention better reflected the demographics of the population at large?

Trust, but verify.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the statistics. So the extreme homogeneity of the crowd was not an illusion. Well, what a relief! I thought they'd simply forced most of the women and persons of color to sit in the back of the room, out of sight of the cameras.


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