Sometimes the best way to process information is with a good visual. So thanks, Pew Research Center, for breaking down COVID19 deaths by Democratic vs. Republican districts into this handy graphic:
COVID-19 deaths have declined in Democratic congressional districts since mid-April, but remained relatively steady in districts controlled by Republicans. https://t.co/NnUcKYt67w pic.twitter.com/R3mdZ1l8c4
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) May 27, 2020
Screenshot for posterity:
Quite a ratio cooking, eh? Well deserved. Here are some of the good folks contributing to it:
That’s what you get from this?
— Brigette (@Brigette912) May 27, 2020
Is that how you read this graph?
— TFC3Tweets (@TFC3Tweets) May 27, 2020
what’s a control? https://t.co/yU3YjABBwJ
— Cheese For Everyone! (@CheeseForEvery1) May 27, 2020
This graphic brought to you by The Commission On Omitted Variable Bias https://t.co/pewOW9sEE9
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) May 27, 2020
Turning to the weather, we see rainfall declining much more sharply over the tropics than over the Sahara Desert, which clearly proves global warming is real https://t.co/bM7BASBmUU
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) May 27, 2020
Some could read the graph "even with the decline, the deaths in some congressional districts are still more than double the rate of the other congressional districts at their highest levels."
— Jordan Stauber (@JordanStauber) May 27, 2020
See the area described beneath each of those? Assuming the number of people in red and blue areas (your concept, not mine) are about equal, the smaller the area described beneath each line, the better. But do go on.
— Judge Remit Shenanigan (@vermontaigne) May 27, 2020
Wow. Look at the framing here.
Cases in republican districts were never as high to begin with.
What a load of crap. https://t.co/SV3ckMbI6E
— Amy Curtis (@RantyAmyCurtis) May 27, 2020
When you gotta try extra hard to make the numbers fit your narrative.
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) May 27, 2020
Do you people know how to read a chart? https://t.co/XhBlnzt82U
— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) May 27, 2020
Bias is a hell of a drug
— David Taylor (@themysticgoat) May 27, 2020
You still have time to delete this.
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) May 27, 2020
It’s fine, Pew. We got that screenshot, remember.
Both sides dunking on each other about this are stupid.
1) These lines represent your fellow Americans suffering from an illness.
2) The obvious reason for this disparity is that more Democratic districts are urban and got hit first & worse. https://t.co/ftsgENPrUV
— Inez Stepman (@InezFeltscher) May 27, 2020
Fair points. However:
That's what the tweet from Pew should have said.
But they have a narrative to boost. https://t.co/6ERnM57b78
— RBe (@RBPundit) May 27, 2020