Political Party and the Demographics of America’s Governors

The previous post examined “the demographics of America’s governors and compare[d] them to the demographics of America itself.”

(Note: I strongly encourage you to click the image links on this post when reading; they're essential to understanding what I'm saying.)

It resulted in the following map:

This post will examine the party break-down of this.

Party

Currently twenty out of the fifty states have Democratic governors, twenty-nine out of the fifty states have Republican governors, and one state has an Independent governor:

Let’s first look at gender. Out of the twenty Democratic governors, eighteen are male and two are female. These are Governor Beverly Purdue of North Carolina and Governor Christine Gregoire of Washington.

Out of the twenty-nine Republican governors, twenty-five are male and four are female. These are Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona, Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, and Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

10% of Democratic governors are female while 13.8% of Republican governors are female.

Now let’s move to race. Out of the twenty Democratic governors, nineteen are white and one is black. This is Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts.

Out of the twenty-nine Republican governors, twenty-five are white, two are Hispanic, and two are South Asian. These are Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Governor Brian Sandavol of Nevada, Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, and Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

5% of Democratic governors are minorities while 13.8% of Republican governors are minorities.

Conclusions

A Republican governor is marginally more likely to be a woman, and about 2.8 times more likely to be a minority, than a Democratic governor.

A lot of flak gets thrown at the Republican Party for being less friendly to women and minorities. Some of the criticism is valid and some is not. A Democrat might volunteer that their party is more friendly to woman and minorities by pointing to the higher number of Democratic woman and minority officeholders in the House of Representatives, state legislative offices, and the presidency.

Nevertheless, it appears that the Republican Party does a better job at promoting minorities and woman at the governor’s level, as of October 2011, than the Democratic Party.

--inoljt, http://mypolitikal.com/

 

Tags: Democrats, females, gender, governors, males, minorities, Republicans, states, Demographics, race, Whites (all tags)

Comments

1 Comment

Interesting post, but I question the conclusion

     I would want to know about the losing party nominees in those gubernatorial races. 49 people is such a small sample (really two samples, 29 and 20) that it is hard to draw any conclusions. Maybe if you included other statewide officeholders and the other party's nominees you would get a clearer picture. My state has an old white dude as Governor but our others include two female Senators as well as women as AG and SoS. Incredibly there are no Latinos in statewide office right now but two Asians and a Black person (double counting Kamala Harris as both Indian and African American). All of these are Democrats.

    The difference in the parties is obvious in the House delegation: The Greedy Old Party has 19 seats with 18 white dudes and one white widow. The closest they come to diversity is one Portuguese-American and a Lebanese-American. Meanwhile the Democratic delegation has among its 34 members over a dozen women and several Latinos, 4 Black women, and at least two Asians. We even have a Portuguese dude to match theirs (though Dennis Cardoza is retiring after this term).

     Looking at just the sitting Governors is too narrow a focus, I believe.

 

 

 

 

by Zack from the SFV 2011-11-05 04:51AM | 0 recs

Diaries

Advertise Blogads