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COMMUNITY TYPE

Military Bastions

Characteristics
  • Areas with high employment in the military or related to the presence of the military
  • Home to a large veteran population
  • Above average number of evangelical Christians
  • Likely Republican voters, though Democratic President Obama gained ground in 2008

Community Type Demographics

Ethnicity

Presidential Election Results

2004
  • 42%
  • Kerry in 2004
  • Kerry
  • 57%
  • Bush in 2004
  • Bush
2008
  • 48%
  • Obama in 2008
  • Obama
  • 51%
  • McCain in 2008
  • McCain

Representative Communities

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Community Type Comparison

Percent Military Employment

  • 9.5%
  • Military Bastions
  • Military Bastions
  • 0.6%
  • All Counties
  • All Counties
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In a military town, some question Afghan war

When the president announces a new military strategy, everyone listens, but some places listen more closely. For the 57 counties that Patchwork Nation lists as “Military Bastions,” those announcements aren’t just about protests or foreign policy; they are about the local economy and the emotional well-being of friends and ...

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Less than eight months into Barack Obama’s presidency, it is far too soon to contemplate his chances at reelection. But at this early date, there seems to be one noticeable trait: dissonance between voters’ feelings about the president and feelings about his policies – or at least his party.

We ...

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