Party Affiliation & Other Info Based on Registered Voters' First Names

Anyone here might enjoy this bit of fun looking at first names and party affiliation, aking with other information provided by registered voters:

It analyzes names of registered voters only, it should be noted, and a major flaw is that the graphs do not offer what the overall percentages are. What am I to make of the fact that half of the people with my first name own and who are registered voters own a gun in their home? It would help to know that overall, 25/50/75%??? of registered voters do the same. Much more telling than the name I was given, though, was looking at the the stats for *my* children's names, names I selected.

So how would you improve upon this?


By EVie
March 2, 2014 10:55 AM

Interesting! My name skews heavily Democratic (65%), while my son's name is much more Republican. But my name is more likely to have a gun in the home. I'm trying to figure why that might be, especially because I believe that women are less likely to own guns (though of course it's "in the home," so cohabitating couples and families throw that off). I'm wondering if maybe because my name is also a classic Spanish name, it's more heavily represented in states like Texas and Arizona that are more Second Amendment happy? 

This is also interesting in juxtaposition with the WolframAlpha link that HNG posted yesterday. From that, I know that my name skews very young (average age of 4, way below voting age), while my son's skews much older (50s). Based on that, it makes sense to me that my name would be much more Democratic, and his name would be more Republican. And gender comes into play as well—the average woman's name will be more Democratic than the average Republican's.

March 2, 2014 12:26 PM

My name skews heavily Democratic according to that site. Makes sense because Miriam is most popular among Jews, and Jews (except for the ultra-Orthodox) tend to be Democrats.

By mk
March 4, 2014 1:03 PM

Much of it most likely has to do with where and when the name is popular. My name didn't really skew to either   side for any of the questions.

March 4, 2014 7:00 PM

Absolutely. Many a "classic" male anglo name doesn't skew heavily as it crosses generations, regions, etc. That's what makes the ones that do skew interesting. :-) I had fun trying to predict names that would skew, say, because they're a "Bible Belt" name or are strongly preferred by different ethnic groups. I did not even think to go for "Jewish," as Miriam pointed out.

By Spam
March 4, 2014 8:08 PM

This is a very neat tool!  I must admit that I am pleased that our top girl pick, Mira, skewed even more Democratic, educated, and non-religious than Lilith and Hypatia (the most athiest, liberal names I could think of)...although Jezebel was more athiest.  Mira is most common in the most populous states and avoided by Hispanics (who tend to skew more religious / due to the "Look!" meaning) so it's really not all that surprising.

March 5, 2014 4:06 PM

Cool. I just want to note for those who have not clicked yet that there is no "atheist" index. Just a measure of attendance at a religious service. Not the same thing. There will be very very very few to no atheists who attended a service in the past week, but there are *plenty* of people who are spiritual, who believe in God in one form or another, who did not attend a service in the past week.

By Spam
March 7, 2014 8:18 AM

Yes, I assumed that a low rate of church attendance was an approximation of non-religiousness (aka "athiesm")

March 15, 2014 1:06 PM

I tested dozens of names and they all show as either midline or skewed to democratic. I tried to select names that I thought might skew to the republican side but none did. Has anyone found one?

March 15, 2014 1:26 PM

Colt, Colton and Kade are the most republican names I could find. Tesheena, DShawn, Jose, Ciar are the most democratic names I've found.

March 15, 2014 6:17 PM

Weston comes in close behind Colt, Colton, and Kade.

Nevaeh is right behind the democratic names.  

By EVie
March 15, 2014 5:38 PM

Try searching for classic old white man names. John, Robert, James, Thomas, William, Paul, Richard, Stephen and Timothy all skew Republican (though not as strongly as those very cowboy-esque names you listed). Though I was surprised to find that George, Peter and Walter do not.

March 16, 2014 1:19 PM

Check out #5. LOL!

March 16, 2014 1:29 PM

It seems that common names are almost all in between, only skewing slightly to the right or the left. I even tried biblical names thinking of the religious right. They are all midline. Unusual names andnames traditionally used for minorities, urban names and hispanic names, seem to skew vastly to the left. Some "cowboy-esque" names are predominantly to the right. I wonder what other categories are dramatically republican.

March 16, 2014 5:59 PM

Oh! Hey!

Hezekiah: 84.5%
Nehemiah: 76.6%
Jehoshaphat: 78.9%
Habakkuk: 80.4%
Meshack: 74.2%
Moses: 75.5%


By EVie
March 16, 2014 11:42 PM

How about:

Mohammed 80.6%

Fatima 78.6%

Yusef 83.1%

All Democratic

March 17, 2014 12:38 AM

Sooo, is everybody a democrat? Or do all republicans have the same 5 names?

I would like to see this inquiry set up for surnames.

March 17, 2014 11:50 AM

I think it means that Republicans in general (always exceptions) don't tend to have outlier names or names that stand out. In other words, fairly mainstream names most of the time.

March 17, 2014 1:38 PM

That is a complete contradiction of the recent red state/blue state naming trends. When do you think the switch occurred? Since these data include all registered voters, I wouldn't expect the children of politically-conservative namers to have made much of a dent yet (assuming that they follow their parents' politics).

March 17, 2014 4:11 PM

I'm going to guess that it started about 10-15 years ago? So maybe in 3-8 years we'll start seeing switches in the percentages on this site (if they update it)?

March 18, 2014 10:40 PM

This is wonderfully fascinating. I liked looking up my name and my favorites, most of which skew Democratic. So interesting.