Data Viz Done Right

July 6, 2021

#MakeoverMonday Week 27 - If Only _____ Voted

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This week's data set was one of the most interesting we've had for Makeover Monday. I found it fascinating to see some of the extreme polarization in the demographics of US voters in the 2020 election.

Resources:

2. Original Viz - https://bit.ly/3qQGsAo
3. How to Create a Trellis Chart - https://www.vizwiz.com/2021/02/trellis-chart.html
4. The Data Visualisation Catalogue - https://datavizcatalogue.com/ 

The original was really good and I didn't particularly want to create a map. Instead, I wanted to visualize all of the demographics at the same time to see if any patterns emerged. I find them a bit hard to see in what I created, but when I know what I'm looking for (e.g., women vs. men) then the contrasts really stand out.

I create the heatmap the way I did for two reasons:

  1. To see across each metric in order to identify consistent blue or red patterns for an entire demographic (e.g., early voting or urban).
  2. To see if individual States always voted for Biden or Trump irrespective of the demographic (e.g., CA, MA, MD for Biden or KS, KY, LA for Trump).

There are parts of Watch Me Viz you can skip, like early on when I build some maps and try to join the data together (unsuccessfully) or when I change the data to Excel format.

Thanks for tuning in! Interact with the viz by clicking on the image below or here.


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