Originally Posted by JuneyBooney
If you have a liberal state it will be higher crime than a conservative state.
This statement irritated me enough that I actually decided to go count.
I looked at 2008's FBI UCR* statistics for violent crime (rates of violent crime per 100,000 people). I then compared against the list of states whose electoral votes went to Obama in 2008.
Your statement is wrong. Only 21 states are both "conservative" (went to McCain) and have crime rates lower than the national average.
Here's the complete list, divided into 4 categories.
States that voted Republican in 2008 AND have higher crime rates than the national average:
South Carolina 726.2
States that voted Republican in 2008 AND have lower crime rates than the national average:
North Dakota 200.5
South Dakota 300.6
West Virginia 300.4
States that voted Democratic in 2008 AND have higher crime rates than the national average:
New Mexico 670.6
North Carolina 486.6
States that voted Democratic in 2008 AND have lower crime rates than the national average:
New Hampshire 166.0
New Jersey 326.1
New York 401.8
Rhode Island 252.8
Notice that the largest group is the group of states that lean left AND have low crime rates.
(*UCR statistics are not available for Illinois or Minnesota in 2008. I looked at the state's published statistics instead. Illinois' crime rate is higher than the average by about 20%, and Minnesota's is lower by about 50%. Both went Democrat in the 2008 election.)