What does it say that most of the 10 poorest states are Republican?
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September 22nd, 2011
05:00 PM ET

What does it say that most of the 10 poorest states are Republican?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As the Republican race for the White House heats up, here's something the GOP can't be too comfortable with:

Most of the 10 poorest states in the country are Republican.

Mississippi is the poorest... followed by Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama and North Carolina.

And the list doesn't even include Texas, where Rick Perry is governor and one in five people lives in poverty.

In a piece on CNN.com, Roland Martin writes Republicans expect to win all 10 of these states in 2012, although President Obama won North Carolina by a slim margin in 2008 and West Virginia is usually considered a Democratic state.

Martin points out that despite the red-leanings in these states, you don't hear so much from Republicans about poverty.

In fact the word "poor" has barely come up at the GOP debates thus far. The only exceptions were:

- Rick Santorum discussing welfare reform

- Ron Paul suggesting the U.S. get rid of the minimum wage

- and Mitt Romney using the phrase "energy-poor."

Overall, Republicans believe their economic agenda is the best way to get people back to work - and many in the GOP are quick to blame President Obama for the rise in the poverty rate.

But how about addressing the root causes of poverty more directly - especially when millions of people in these so-called red states are suffering.

The Census Bureau reports a record $46.2 million Americans are living below the poverty line - which translates to about $22,000 a year for a family of four.

Minorities are especially hard hit - with 27% of blacks living in poverty and 26% of Hispanics compared to about 10% of whites.

Here’s my question to you: What does it say that most of the 10 poorest states are Republican?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

John in Florida Keys:
Jack, I think it means those 10 states have more under-educated, down-and-out and desperate folks who are easily influenced by the republican BS. You know, like I'll make gas $2 a gallon when I'm president or there's no such thing as global warming or let's all pray for rain and the best one, it's ok to default on our debt. Yes, we are fast becoming a third world country. Sanity is slipping away.

Joshua on Facebook:
I hope Democrats hammer this point home over and over again until people finally get it. Even the stupid ones.

Obviously, it means that even POOR people have enough sense to vote for traditional values and are opposed to the tax and spend policies of liberals... which by the way, do NOT in any way help them leave their poverty status.

James in San Diego:
It’s a preview of what the entire country will look like if the Republicans get back in control of Congress and the White House.

Jack, 1) Possibly the Republicans don't have the best ideas about how to fix the economy and create jobs and 2) Maybe the poor should start looking around for a candidate who actually supports their needs. Apparently, that trickle down thing isn't even working in the Republican states.

Bill in Pennsylvania:
Jack, Simple. You have to be able to think to see through all the 24/7 hate mongers’ propaganda. There is a good reason Rush Limbaugh has a $400 million contract (yes over $400 million). It’s for the radio propaganda he delivers. He delivers followers, the unthinking "ditto heads". Some of them can actually find the polls.

It tells me that the 10 poorest states are also the 10 dumbest states.

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  1. Samantha

    The lack of funds allocated to their education institutions is accurately reflected in their voting preferences.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  2. Ann from Charleston SC

    I am so glad you asked this question! I live in South Carolina, a state that couldn't be more Republican, yet we always show up at the top of lists of undesirable qualities and at the bottom of lists of desirable qualities. The latest shows SC ranks 7 in a list of husbands who murder their wives. I don't recall where we are on the poverty list, but I imagine we are one of the top ten. What does it say? To me it says Republicans don't know much about governing.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  3. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    It says the Republican plan of moving toward a lord-serf society is working. It also says Republicans are masters at getting people to vote against their own self interests.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  4. Pete in Georgia

    How do you define "poorest' ??
    Let's look at some of the forever Democratic stronghold areas of America like Detroit, Buffalo, or 75% of all medium sized towns and cities in the northeast, most if not all Democratic, union strongholds, entitlements thru the roof......................all a wasteland of decay and dismal failure while govenment pours billions of taxpayer dollars into a hopeless, sinking, losing cause.
    Let's have some dialog on this, OK ??

    September 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  5. B. J., Quincy, Il

    It says that the republican party talks a good game but when it comes right down to it they are vampires who suck the blood right out of their states.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: It says, a great deal about the Republicans, and how they hold on to people. Republicans appeal to the poor and uneducated people who claim to be born again Christians. The Republicans use the threat of big government in every aspect of their lives, and more taxes will be needed if the Democrats are in charge. Those in the ten most poorest states vote a party line rather than individual candidates in the different offices up for election. Republicans pray on the fears of people: rather than, being progressive and looking forward to solutions. The poor do not want change and are afraid of those who promise better days ahead. It is acceptance over clear thinking, better to do nothing than to rock the boat, and it is the will of God to vote for the Republicans. In Reality, God is most likely not happy with the Republicans or Demcrats.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  7. Ed from Harrisburg

    Jack, this is a no-brainer... Republicans have been growing and spending more of people's money to enrich their big donor base than any country history. Hoover, a Republican spent the country into a depression. Bush, a Republcan, backrupted several businesses before nearly bankrupting the country as Presdent. Rupublicans are the party of spend, spend, spend and raiding the tax base, despite their deceptions to the contrary.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  8. Lou, Fayetteville, NC

    The poorer you are, the more you follow promises and Republicans have been promising everything and giving nothing to the poor for years but they keep hoping. The two parties have lost their focus and true North. However, Republicans do a better job of selling their ideas. If you are poor, the rich Mormon's and the slick Texan's promises sound better. But then a lot of us voted for promises from a Democrat knowing full well he couldn't produce, but we had hope.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  9. s in fl

    It tells me that the Colonel would be jealous of the way these republicans get their chickens to jump into fryer. Waving the flag all the way in. On second thought, it brings to mind Gen. Buck riding the nuke in Dr. Strangelove.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  10. Bob C

    When you have an uneducated public, the party who can appeal most to that neglected intellect will be the most successful. The Republican Party is masterful at spewing messages of hate and discontent and blaming the Democratics for their unfortunate situation. These type of messages resonate extremely well in a poor and uneducated community.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  11. Tom in Desoto, TX

    What it says is that the Republican idea for education is working. They will watch the F-word agenda network, swallow everything they say and they will go off to any war republicans want them to. They only things required of republicans is to keep guns, not books, aside from the Bible, in their hands, and show make believe hero movies, staring John Wayne, once a day.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  12. ImALibertarian

    Houston –

    Obviously - the Republican States steal less.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  13. Steve Newman, Washington, DC

    It means that Republican policies don't work!

    September 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  14. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    It proves to me that the republicans trickle down theory only helps to create a two class nation of rich and poor. The statistics prove that the rich are getting richer and and more middle class are joining the poor.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  15. Mel - Houston

    It says two things to me, Jack. First, Republican public officials do not have a high regard for the common man. Second, that the electorate in that state is not as informed as they should be. Just a guess but most likely these states are also not rank very high in educational achievement. I believe Thomas Jefferson had some things to say about public education and the endureance of democracy. What did he know?

    September 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  16. Spencer

    To me it says that there has been a complete turn around of political identity for a lot of people. Democrats usually carry most of the poor votes as well as the poorer states. This is an indication of the lack of confidence in Obama and the democratic party in general. Plus with someone like Ron Paul running for GOP, I'd switch to republical to vote for him myslef as well, if I was registered Democrat.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  17. Spencer

    It says to me that Obama is losing ground with the American public in general. He hasn't proven anything over the past four years that he has any clue let alone an answer to fixing the economy and the job market. Noted that those issues aren't totaly in Obamas control. He still has yet to show any productivity in those two major issues. Now for Palin. I'm beside myself that she has even been considered in any of the GOP or presidential polling. She hasn't came out and stated that she's officially running for GOP nomination let alone have any involvment in politics what so ever any more. It's sad when a nonrunning self proclaimed politician can steal the spot light from what needs to be the real focus politicaly for America.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  18. EJ in Metro Houston

    it shows to me Jack that a lot of areas where there is poverty are also ones with very little advanced education. The minorities that live in poverty either don't vote or don't vote Republican. The poorer whites that do vote normally WILL vote Republican These are the ones that listen to right wing talk radio, don't do research about facts and actually just follow what they are told. It's also normally a "bible belt area" as well and they depend a lot on God to pull them through. When you have a lack of good education, good teachers and good schools where the children can go to the cycle just continues.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  19. Steve

    ...and they want to go for 40 more!


    September 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  20. Jenna Roseville CA

    What does it say that most of the 10 poorest states are Republican?

    It says to me that here is proof that the Repubicans have no idea what they are doing. So why would we want them to lead our nation?

    Just look at today, the GOP tried to put a tax cut amendment, that would result in the loss of 10K jobs, on the back of a bill that would get money to FEMA to help Americans effected by natural disasters.

    We don't need "their kind" in office. Who exactly are these Republicans representing anyways??

    Roseville CA

    September 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  21. FA

    It says that selfishness doesn`t pay back. Solidarity and unity does. But we already knew that.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  22. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It says that the people are insane for continually making the same mistake over and over by electing Republicans expecting a different result, to paraphrase Einstein. But then the majority like Palin, so they've got to be nuts.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  23. john/omaha

    would that be 10 out of 50 or 10 out of 57?

    September 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  24. Jim

    Jack, I would add to the "poorest" the " Evangelical South". The Tea Party", some 60 Representatives breaks out with 11 from Texas, 5 from Florida, 4 from Georga, 3 from South Carolina, 2 from Tennesse, 2 from North Carolina, 1 from Mississippi, and 1 from Louisana. some 29 in total. The Repupublican's have hung their hat on the religious poor.
    Jim LA

    September 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  25. Dan K

    If the 10 poorest states are Republican it tells me that people vote for the party with the best propagana not actual facts! If you listen to the Republicans though they have all the answers! The main theme they have is to have no taxes for the rich and everything deductable for big business!
    Do you really think they care about the poor and middle class! Is one of our elected Republican reps. not a millionaire (If so he soon will be)

    September 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  26. Donna, Wisconsin

    I think the question should be why doesn't the GOP even acknowledge this and address how they would handle the situation. They don't even have questions at their debates that go anywhere near "poor" or lack of food, housing or healthcare. Nor do they acknowledge the 'working poor'. Folks need to see the GOP's real adgenda: Helping the rich get richer. That's the "Class Warfare" they are fighting to continue.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  27. Ron WPAFB

    Do you need to say anything else, Jack? No!

    September 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  28. Jayne

    It says the Republican Party has cornered the market on stupid people. I'll never understand how or why people vote against their own self interest. Republican politicians care about two things: themselves and their wealthy donors. The rest of us are collateral damage . . . including poor people who vote Republican.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  29. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,I can answer your question and it has nothing to do with right or left.It means that we are independent and self reliant and we probably live a better life than rich states.MORE GOVERNMENT IS N O T!! THE ANSWER JACK.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  30. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    Elect a Republican President and we will all be the poorest 50 States. The Republican controlled house is trying to make that so today.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  31. Ed from California

    Can you spell corruption? No education, repression, racism, or simply they just don't vote. If you look up as to who gets all of their federal tax dollar back, plus, they receive extra in federal handouts, it's the red states, Mississippi being #1 on the handout parade. W.Virginia #2, Alaska #6(I thought they had oil??), Bama #7, S. Carolina #8. And the list goes on and on..CA is near the bottom(I guess we have to pay to keep the lights on for the red states). Mitch McConnell's state is #11, McCain's and Kyle's state is #16(I guess those illegals eat a lot). It really says that the Kochplican's are hypocrites and liar's. Okay, lets cut back....lets really cut back on the states handouts...altogether
    If these red states receive more in, than they pay out, for schools, teachers, police, fire, state services, where is the money going? That's how you spell corruption.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  32. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    It means that their opposition to unionization and some decent level of government is not so smart after all. It also means that electing the governor of a state leading in the race to the bottom is probably not such a good idea either.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  33. Mark M. IN Newmarket, NH

    It says that the labor movement in this country needs to rediscover its pecker; that Democrats gave up on referring to Republican economic policies as feudalism way too early; and that someone besides me needs to notice that the economy was a lot stronger when labor was as well.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  34. Peg from NY

    It says that Republicans readily drink the koolaid supplied by any member of the Republican Party. The worse off they are, the more koolaid they drink.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  35. Larry in Houston

    Jack – It says that they have us under their thumbs. It also says that if you live in a republican state you will most likely work for minimum wage – and very little health insurance – if any. And you have the "option" of purchasing your own Health Insurance, with your minimum wage, or if your lucky enough to make a little above it.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  36. Jesse from DFW

    Good observation!

    If we apply the critical factors that we face economically, how would a survey of the people in each state respond to what is important to them. Compare it with the Republican Agenda to determine what matches up!

    September 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  37. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    It says that the Republicans' two big ideas, tax cuts for the rich and deregulation of industry, don't create prosperity. In fact, they have led us to exactly the mess we are in now – and ironically, those poor, red states receive more money from the federal government than they pay in.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  38. Ed from Texas

    It says they suffer from bi-polar disorder. Not only do they vote against their own economic interest, but their states' leaders oppose federal spending at the same time their states receive more fback from Washington than they in taxes.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  39. James in Springfield, VA

    It means that their Elected officials are not doing there job and need to get voted out of office. But then again most people in America have a short attention span so it is not like elections matter.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  40. Mark Bussell

    Plain and simple Jack, it say they loath the poor

    September 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  41. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    It says that it is hard to pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don't have any boots. But the Republicans don't care about that as they cut welfare programs during hard times. It says that it is hard to expect your neighbor to help you after a natural disaster if his home is leveled too. But the Republicans want to defund FEMA anyway. It says that we should seek charity from the churches when we are old and sick so the Republicans can eliminate Social Security and Medicare. The Republicans' vision of a shining city on the hill does not bode well for the huddled masses outside of the gates!

    Alex the unemployed Veteran

    September 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  42. Brad, Portland, OR

    It says that when Republicans are in control and can implement whatever policies they want, they damage the economy and reduce the standard of living for the majority of the people.

    But on the bright side, when Republicans are in control, the rich get richer and corporations become more profitable so they can give their CEOs bigger bonuses.

    So it must be worth it, or middle class and poor people wouldn't keep voting Republican.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  43. barbara in nc

    It appears to me that all that pork taken home to their districts went into wealthy pockets instead of creating good jobs or furthering the education of people in their states.

    But then, if people are ignorant, uneducated, they tend to vote republican.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  44. Bert in CA

    Hi Jack, it says Reaganomics failed and our nation’s wealth will not trickle down if placed in the grip of global corporations and speculators playing the world’s stock markets which have no allegiance to any nation. It says those voters better wise up and accept the GOP has become the guys Ike warned us about; a government-corporate complex like King George III and the East India tea Co.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  45. Suren

    It means they're poor, therefore: uneducated, therefore: easily manipulated, therefore: republican.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  46. John G

    Jack, it's elementary my friend. I explained to my kids at an early age the following: Republicans are for the rich and Democrats support the poor. While that may be dumbing it down at bit, the principal holds true still today.

    John in Tampa, FL

    September 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  47. Larry -Denver

    There must be a direct correlation between the poorest states and the states where Republicans take more lobby money and do nothing for their states. I bet those poorest states are also the most illiterate? Have the lowest % of high school and college graduates and yet keep cheering at executions. Still does not solve the economic issues of this country. The poor stay poor and the fat cat politicians really dont care enough

    September 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  48. JD

    The people vote right wing because left wing is only safe in the good times. Times of economic prosperity, and times they can afford a drink or two, as to now when they can barely makes ends meet. I'm not saying its right, but past historical evidence proves it right. If Obama wants to win, he needs to follow in the steps of roseavelt and bring about a new deal like function; the people vote for jobs and money.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  49. jimmy in nc

    Jack, it says we are poor but proud. The Republicans offer the best chance to restore pride in the USA and self-reliance. Sure we are poor but that does not mean that we want quiche, cappucino or other left-wing accoutrements.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  50. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, all but one of the ten states you mention are in the southeastern U.S. where lower wages and incomes have been the case for decades. But, these same folks are strongly self-reliant and dedicated to a remarkable work ethic and with ingrained religious beliefs - all of which are part of the GOP fabric. The Democrats, by comparison, have no such credentials.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  51. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: What it says is that the poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. It is the Republicans way of redistributing money from the bottom up.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  52. Ray in Knoxville

    What does it say, Jack? It says that this is what America faces unless we undo the past 30 years of Republican economic policies.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  53. dave in nashville

    Simple, the less fortunate are not voting. This is not rocket science.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  54. Gerry

    Probably because they live on the incomew that they earn not from government subsidies.

    Ash Fork, Az.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  55. Michelle M

    Among other things, it says we should listen to all the Republican fools who rail against 'federal government spending'- and stop subsidizing their sorry butts with the money of blue states. If they don't like gov't spending, they shouldn't benefit from it. Let's see how long LA, GA, SC, etc keep voting Republican after they get no welfare from BLUE states. I'm so sick of this hypocrisy. And I'm sick of living in a fantasy-land constructed by Rs who obstruct everything, while vacuuming up benefits they don't support. If Cantor doesn't want disaster-relief w/o budget cuts- fine. No relief for Virginia. Simple. Like his ideas? Keep voting for him. Want to live in AMERICA? Vote for a human.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  56. Terri From Blountville, TN

    This also corresponds to the "most religious" states according to a recent gallup poll. I think it says that the "religious" people in these states believe the rhetoric about their faith spewed by Republican politicians. They vote for someone who is perceived as religious whether they truly are or not. Unfortunately, this is not in the best interest of those living in poverty.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  57. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    "According to recent US census figures, since President Bush assumed power in 2000 poverty has risen by 7%, the proportion of those without healthcare has risen by 9%, and median household income has fallen by 3%. But where the poor are most numerous, it seems the Democrats are weakest. The 10 states with the lowest household median income, where people are least likely to have healthcare and most likely to live in poverty, all voted Republican in 2004." (Gary Younge, the Guardian, 9/18/06)

    What it tells me is poor people can't afford legitimate news like cable's CNN.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  58. Lori - PA

    It means that Republicans could care less about those who can't afford to contribute their election campaigns. Duh.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm |

    Well Jack, since most of the very POOR states are in the confederacy, I'd say that the southern politicans have successfully created their aristocracy with a majority of people living in SERFDOM just as GOD has commanded. With their corporate & wall street masters this is their GAME PLAN for AMERICA.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  60. Floyd - Crescent City, CA

    It just shows that the poor are ignorant, uneducated and stupid.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  61. Jan Puerto Rico

    Poor people probably don't vote!
    Hope this changes or they will be forever poor

    September 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  62. Frank in Valparaiso

    The GOP business model is a failure. Its economic model is as George H W Bush said, voodoo economics. nobody teaches trickle down or the Laffer Curve as real economics theory.

    That they keep voting Republican shows how well GOP snake oil sells.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  63. Kevin in CA

    It re-enforces the old adage that if you're a Republican you are either rich or uninformed.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  64. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It says that people who vote republican are idiots to keep electing the same sorry creeps who keep them the poorest Americans in the country. But then most are Tea Party Republicans so you really can’t expect much in the way of smarts there. I doubt that if you put all of the brain cells of all the Tea Party members in their entirety into a tea cup you would only get half a cup.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  65. Paul Lagle

    What it means is that of those states, only the majority of THOSE VOTING choose to vote Republican. I have no idea what the split in the vote is for each state. However, the vast majority of people may or may not reflect which candidate is or has been chosen. Other than that, the statement has no meaning.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  66. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It says that most Americans say In God We Trust unless you're a member of the GOP, their motto is "In Wall Street We Trust". The GOP's new theme is "God Bless Wall Street and our wealthy friends and the heck with the poor".

    September 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  67. TomInRochNY

    It says that if republicans gain congress and the white house more prosperous states will no doubt become poor. When is the last time you heard an outcry of anger from republicans to end poverty? How about allowing hard working Americans to make a living wage? Okay, let's try penalizing so called American corporations for outsourcing/insourcing jobs? Uhm, eliminating loopholes that only the wealthy and corporations can truly benefit from? Ending tax payer funded subsidies to big business? Yeah , they're definitely the party of Joe six pack.

    Tom, Rochester NY

    September 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  68. Doug

    The most dominant theme that comes to mind, looking at the States listed here as being the poorest, is Bible Belt. So, Republicans are Bible Belters, as well as rich white old folks. Democrats seem to congregate in the Talking Monkey States, like Massachusetts and New York. The harder to pin down Independents, or, Weather Vane Weather Freaks, are mixed in randomly, amongst the Democrats and Republicans. What was the question? Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  69. Steve, Clifton, VA

    It means that these States are also the least educated and least likely to be informed or to complain. These are the States that love to say "we have get America back."

    September 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  70. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack a poor person gets no more vote then a rich one. There are however more poor people then rich people in America and always have been so if the poor vote democratic historically then democrats are a shoe in come 2012. It does not mater when your hungry who would make the best president what maters is the president that will give you the most regardless of where they get the money from. That is what Obama is doing by making the republicans out to be for big business attempting to take from the wealthy and give to the poor. It equals more votes for him. He has turned it into an us against them fight even though he is a multi millionaire himself. In reality he is them but he does not want you to realize that.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  71. Richard C.

    I think your comment is irrelevant because all the states are suffering to a certain degree. I should also add that maybe they are poor because Obama has ignored them as part of his re-election campaign just as he has ignored any job creation ideas. I do not think Obama has the sense to care about anyone or anything except himself.
    Malvern, PA

    September 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  72. Greg in Arkansas

    Seven of the ten poorest states (plus Texas) you mentioned are "right to work states" where unions are all but banned and six of the ten poorest states place 40th or lower in education achievement levels. Under-educated people can be easily convinced how to vote based on 30 second political commercials and solutions that are printed on bumper stickers.
    In Arkansas, I hear people that are making minimum wage, trash talk unions while they complain about low pay, no benefits and horrible working conditions yet they still support tax breaks for the wealthy......go figure???
    Education is the solution....the only solution....but as long as the republicans control the legislatures and squeeze funding for education......not much will ever change.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  73. Mark

    Obviously, it means that even POOR people have enough sense to vote for traditional values and are opposed to the tax and spend policies of Liberals....which by the way, do NOT in any way help them leave their poverty status.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  74. Gail, Plano TX.

    It says Jack, that someone is cooking the books! It just does not make sense, so I must assume that the votes are being stuffed in the ballot boxes. I lived in MS in 1958, and it was unbelievable. The poverty I saw then was so extreme, I was shocked. The black community had no paved streets! Just dirt roads! As a New Yorker, I was never aware that such inequality existed in the good ole USA. So answer this question, Jack. If u were a poor person, would u not vote for a Democratic candidate than the rich Republican fat cat?

    September 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  75. Rick, Medina, OH


    The Republicans won in these states ... the solution is greater voter turn-out by those most affected!

    Medina, OH

    September 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  76. Terry in Virginia

    I disagree that West Virginia is Republican. Both Senators are Democrats. Manchin, although he acts like a Republican, is actually a Democrat and the former governor. The current (acting) Governor Tomblin is a Democrat, too. At worst, West Virginia is a purple state. Poverty doesn't look good for either party and both sides are to blame for this mess. All Democratic and Republican incumbents deserve to be tossed out on their back sides election after election until the party leaders finally figure out that We the People - all the people and not just the Koch Brothers and Grover Norquist - count.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  77. Tom (Atlanta)

    Jack if you are emplying "cause and effect" that does make sense in a Democracy unless the poor don't trust Democrat to govern in these states. I guessthat must be it. The poor must think the Democrats are not worthy. Sorry Roland, you must now be too wealthy to remember how it was back in Texas. Or is it that your Texas Aggie economics showing?

    September 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  78. Harvey Gold-Brandon, MS

    It says that the poor don't have time nor money to vote...all they know is they're broke and hungry....which is exactly why Republicans want to make even more people poor. The more broke people there are the less they know what's going on in the world, or care.....and the less they know, the more Republicans win...makes perfect sense to me.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  79. Sylvia from San Diego

    What this tells me is that even though these states are the poorest and vote mostly Republican, the services provided by those mean republican are always better than those provided by the democrats......

    September 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  80. Sandra

    Two points come to mind: 1) Possibly the Republicans don't have the best ideas about how to fix the economy and create jobs and 2) maybe the poor should start looking around for a candidate who actually supports their needs. Apparently, that trickle down thing isn't even working in the Republican states.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  81. Greg McCarthy

    Jack, I would guess that these states vote red because the homeless do not have a mailing address which makes it difficult to get a voter ID now to even be able to vote. /sarcasm
    The ones who DO have homes end up electing their officials. Too bad it seems to be based more on extreme religious beliefs rather than basic moral principles. Greg M. FL

    September 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  82. Joe

    The fact that the ten poorest states are Republican represents a demographic of citizens who have given-up on any possible chance of change; therefore, they vote based upon their social agendas, and do not realize how the wealthy have manipulated their perspective on important economic issues.

    Unfortunately these poor states are not able to open their eyes enough to see how their locally elected Republican leaders have sold their rights down the muddy waters of allowing the rich to get richer.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    September 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  83. Bill in PA


    Simple. You have to be able to think to see through all the 24/7 hate mongers propaganda
    There is a good reason R. Limbaugh has a 440 MILLION dollar contract (yes over four-hundred millions) for the radio propaganda he delivers. He delivers followers, the unthinking "ditto heads". Some of them can actually find the polls.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  84. James in San Diego

    Its a preview of what the entire country will look like if the Republicans get back in control of Congress and the White House.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  85. Paul From Austin Texas

    It shows that when they get down to brass tacks Jack the Republicans only care about the big guys not us small fry. Is that what we have to look forward to in the future is a wider split of the haves and the have nots. The ones in the tea party better get ready for most of them to be added to the have nots they are just being used by the fat cats in the Repulican party to get what they want. Wake up America.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  86. Jane in CA

    Republican policies only work for rich people, and they take money from what other states would spend supporting low income people to do it. There is no support for people who need help, which lowers their chances of improving their position. Plus, you get a lot of folks who believe that God uses wealth as a reward and only sinners are poor. Right to work is part of it, you get the right to work for less than it takes to keep you alive. Republicans stopped caring about anyone but millionaires over 40 years ago. If you are poor you just don't exist for them.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  87. Paul P.

    It tells me what I already know, that Republicans aren't that interested in helping people through government programs or education, they view that as a waste of taxpayer money. Better those people just pull up their bootstraps on their own and stop being a drain on society, and let us know when you get around to making that first million so we can pander to you with alot of tax loopholes and cushy tax rates in exchange for some political contributions.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  88. gunny

    Keep voting for the republicans. It amazes me how many poor people or middle class people still vote for these republicans idiots. Republicans have never protected the poor or the working people, they have always protected the rich.
    Republicans are quick to blame Obama or the liberals. Where were they when Bush was spending money on 2 wars. No one spoke up then and said hey we have to be responsible and not throw money at a war we will never win. They will never tell the truth. Liars every one of them. I dont have much faith in the democrats these day either.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  89. Stella-Northern New York

    Hello Jack. They may be the poorest states but they also collect the highest returns of federal dollars. For every $1.00 they pay into the federal government they are getting back $1.50 on average of those federal funds. Not so bad. There are advantages to keeping your Republican state poor with a low GDP. The sad part is those federal dollars are going into pockets that don't need that money. Could it be the super rich and big corporations (the job creators)in each state?? After all if your a Republican you wholeheartedly support everything for the big boys and nothing for you. Something might trickle down to you in the next century. Then your grandchildren can say for you "See I told you so". Ask Ron Paul,ask the Teaparty,and ask the Republican party how they would sum up the people who live in these states. If they were Democratic states they would call them a bunch of lazy good for nothing free loaders who will not take responsibility for improving their own well being. Of course we're talking about Republican states here. So they tell them its the fault of the Democrats that their GDP is so low and they are so far behind the rest of the Country. They will never be any more than they were 50 years ago. Keep voting Republican and in 100 years you'll still be where you are today...AT THE BOTTOM. Good luck to all the people who live in these states. Thank God we all take care of each other in this Country no matter what state we live in or what party we support. What would the people in these states do without those" FEDERAL DOLLARS" they get each year? Maybe they might want to keep the Federal Government in their lives awhile longer.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  90. Elizabeth From Toronto

    Good question, now we talking! Someone should ask the Republican candidates running for the Presidency this question, Republican candidates get a free ride at every election because smart questions like this one that look at if core republican policies work or not are never answered.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  91. Kevin SD CA

    It says there is nothing wrong with being poor! It says there is nothing wrong with being poor, and having dignity rather than being on the Socialist Welfare Gravy Train State run by Democrats! It says they are not privileged enough to be part of the government gravy train which sucks the life out of all of us! It says that there are plenty of places where the elite need to leave well enough alone! It says that every poor part of the planet I have visited the people are just as happy as or happier than the selfish self-serving morons who call themselves Liberals!

    September 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  92. Pat (Missouri)

    It says that Repulicans don't care about the people they are supposed to be serving. I'll bet the fat cats in those states are getting fatter.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  93. Michael Roepke Dallas, TX

    Less Government regulations, lower taxes for the job creators, lower wages without union pressure, and a weak State dept of education? It means that while the state might be poor, the Republican movers and shakers aren't.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  94. Jeff Baker

    It says that most of the Republican party is fooled into thinking the GOP is really about smaller government. The states listed are mostly in the bible belt and vote more on social issues. The poor should support someone like Ron Paul that will fight to end imflation caused by the Federal Reserve making the poor even poorer.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  95. mike halter

    Thats all part of the Republican master plan Jack. After they bust all the Unions and the middle class is wiped out .
    We will all have to work for min wage with no Health Care. And the rich will get richer.

    Mike Largo F.L.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  96. Renee Peoria,Ill

    They voted for Republicans to run their states, their situations have gotten worse, and they still haven't made the connection. I'd say it says the I.Q. of the average Republican voter is even worse than the people they're voting for. God help this country!

    September 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  97. Curtis in philadelphia

    What does it say Jack? Simple: don't trust Republican politicians.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  98. Tate

    What does it say that half of those states have a democratic governor? What does it say that 9 of the 10 poorest cities in the US have a democratic mayor, and the only one that isn't is an independant? It says that you can find numbers to "prove" whatever you want, regardless of the presence of an actual correlation.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  99. roger from phoenix

    Red states no bueno , Blue state no bueno , perhaps Obama could suggest all the poor people and jobless people in the U.S. might start thinking about moving out of the country , Obama could suggest they try to get their old job back in china or india or mexico. Perhaps congress could give them a few bucks to move. Call it cash to dash program.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  100. Pete in Milton, FL

    What does it say? Well, if most of the poorest states are Republican, that tells me that there's a strong correlation between being poor, gullibility, and ignorance. If somone keeps being poor, but keeps voting for the same party that made him and his state poor, well, that's just plain ignorant.....or stupid. They're probably not totally poor, since obviously they have enough money to watch Fox News.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  101. lilmagothy, annapolis

    It says that the minimum wage is not adequate to support an individual, let alone a family. It says that, the tea potty notwithstanding, some social services are necessary "to promote the general welfare" (that's from the Constitution, Jack). It says that as the income disparity between the CEOs, the bankers, and the weallthy vis a vis the people who actually do the work and produce the goods and services has increased dramatically, it should be painfully obvious that "trickle down" is a myth that needs to be put out of its misery. It says that the republicans are, and probably always will be, pimps for corporate America and concerned about the average American only between the time of conception and birth.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  102. Annie, Atlanta

    Want to bet the citizens of those states are the most uninformed and uneduated, too? And I'd also put good money on the guys who run those states coming out of public service a lot richer than when they went in. American politics – you gotta love it. Bad thing is the Dems are figuring out how to game the system now, too. We're in so much trouble, and most of us don't know it. We're being subverted with propaganda 24/7. We only know whose competing on Dancing with the Stars.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  103. roya1230

    Well if republicans continue to have a upper hand for the next four years the whole country will be in poverty. Their policies is set to benefit the rich, so rich will be richer, middle class will disappear and poor will be poorer.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  104. roya1230

    Well if republicans continue to have a upper hand for the next four years the whole country will be in poverty.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  105. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    When one has no hope and no hope of ever having hope, one often turns to religion for solace. Republican candidates use religion for the purpose of getting votes.

    Poor states have poor educational systems producing poorly prepared citizens.

    An educated cirizeny is the bane of politicians and religions.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  106. dale in MA

    It clearly defines the republiCON's priorities. Does the study address the income gap in those states? Are you Republican because you're rich or are you rich because you're Republican. The wealth in the blue states seems to be only slightly more distributed, but then again we don't have holy rollers coming buy damning us to hell if we don't pay up to their preacher weekly.
    Those same republican controlled states are too busy messing up the one man one vote rules to notice the poverty around them. Poor people may vote(for the time being), but they don't do political contributions enough to matter to these fat cat politicians.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  107. Ed in california

    If you want to present it that way Jack then it is
    also fair to ask Obama doesn't send more stimulus
    money to those Republican States?

    Isn't the credo...."to each according to their need?"

    Ed in Sacramento

    September 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  108. Pat in Michigan

    It says it all.They may have lost the first round of the civil war but they have managed a tremendous comeback.
    When all is said and done we will be just as poor as our ancestors in the 1800's

    September 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  109. Loren

    Not a lot. Remember that those States were governed by Democrats a lot longer than Republicans. Their current status just reflects how bad a condition the Democrats have left them in.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  110. Bob Kansas City, Mo.

    Jack-It sounds like these states get what they ask for, how many incumbents at the state and federal level keep winning elections time after time making the voting populace scared of all the boogeyman socialists they tell them are hiding behind trees if they don't reelect him/her.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  111. Gordon NJ

    Despite all their endless Bible thumping and false piety, Republicans do not seem to like being their brother's keepers. They go to Church on Sunday, and then spend the rest of the week creating laws and policies that help the rich at the expense of the poor. I always find it ironic that Ayn Rand, the Republican's high goddess of self-righteous greed, was an atheist.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  112. lou new jersey

    It means if you move too one of these States you're dead meat.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  113. HJ - Saint Paul, MN

    It gives statistical support to the fact that Republican policies do not help the economy. Eliminating the minimum wage is supposed to decrease poverty? HOW? Do they even hear the things coming out of their mouths? Its trickle down all over again but from the expense side. Hey I got an idea: why don't we have people just work for free and provide them food and lodging? Can't put my finger on it but it sounds familiar.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm |

    So – does it surprise you to note that most of the states listed are below the Mason-Dixon line. Business and govenment have spent decades promoting the movement of manufacuturing to southern state to "lower costs" (labor). As that happened much of the work disappeared to off shore locations. These off shore locations are in countries that use child labor, pollute the evironment and have substandard health care thus a low life expectancy. All the while our government allows the import of these goods. Buy American

    September 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  115. lou

    Poor, often under-educated people vote against their own interest out of pure ignorance. It's so frustrating as a democrat. I'm almost at the point of giving up. I'm upper middle class. I don't have to worry about the republicans taking away social services or entitlement programs. I can pay for my kid's college and my retirement. At some point you just get tired of fighting for these folks when they can't even be bothered to vote for the party saving their skins. The older I get, the more republican I feel.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  116. Fred In LA

    I live in California and that probably equals 5 of those Republican run states. And believe my, the Liberal Democrats have run this State into the ground. But to answer your question, it means the rules and regulations put out by the Democrats against manufacturing has destroyed those states capabilities to earn. Especially in Louisiana and Mississippi.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  117. Kathie

    Just look at what's happened in Wisconsin! Workers rights destroyed and catering to the rich. The gop only "cares" about us at election time. the gop is aligned with their money gods. paul ryan won't even meet with consitituents during the congress recess–we had to pay $15 and then he had his constituents escorted from the meeting when questions were asked by them!

    September 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  118. Paulette in Dallas

    It is time for the people in these poorest statest to wise up and give a Democrat a chance. The Republicans are only being obstructionsits right now to black anything good Obama can do. He never should have been elected President and is giving the Democrats a poor image. Draft Hillary! The american people need someone with the know how and the can do spirit to pull us out of this mess. that will also put an end to all of this Tea Party nonsense.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  119. bud rupert

    I don't want to be trite or use hackneyed phrases but frankly Jack I see many right wing folks (you can call them Republican) as more ideological, more inflexible – stuck in the present and looking at the past for answers to their troubles....I could also say that generally they are under educated and mean spirited – but I won't go there.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  120. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Could you list the ten richest states republican or democrat combined? Then perhaps we can see a trend ?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  121. andyz Lynn, MA

    It means that their govenors have attended the Rick Perry School of State Governance.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  122. Valerie in Raleigh

    It is simple – the Germans used it to get their people to go along with World War II. You keep the people uneducated and uninformed, make them afraid of any kind of change, tell them that others mean them harm, that the Democrats want to take their guns away, talk a lot about God and religion and make sure they hear your taking propaganada points again and again and this certain segment of the poplulation will believe you and vote agaist their best interests. It is called Republicnaism!!! The more uneducated the better it works.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  123. Nancy, Tennessee

    The people of Tennessee just got a Republican governor so it's hard to blame us being one of the poorest states on him.
    Tennessee has been a poor state since the depression. Employers like to come here and pay low wages claiming the lower cost of living is the reason. Bah humbug! If we need a new car, we pay more than they do in the North because of the costs to ship it South. Housing is a little less, but it doesn't make up for the difference in wages. Food and gas are along the national average. We have few unions and the ones we have are very weak. Employers exploit our workers. Even with the low wages here, many of our factories have gone overseas. Lawmakers need to think long and hard about import taxes for those who go overseas and support foreign workers and want to sell their goods to us.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  124. Gigi Oregon

    I think it is sad the way these people have been capitalized on by their political leaders with deals in back rooms to make themselves rich at the expense of these families. One of these days maybe a super power will place sanctions against the U.S. and force us to provide better human rights to our poor. All the better to vote for a party that takes our taxes and gives back to the people ...like health care, social security which we have taken from our pay check from our first day of employment until retirement. Many of our parents pay in but never live long enough to collect a dime. I for one, am tired of our government giving millions a day money to rogue countries and being told we don't need a decent health care for our people.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  125. Mark Daniel Cohen

    It says that many of the poor will remain poor because they insist on being poor.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  126. s in fl

    It says it all, Jack!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  127. Dean (Modesto)

    Don't know what it means but I'm dying to find out 😀

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  128. steve from Nevada

    Many Republicans vote against their economic interests because they are social conservatives, not fiscal conservatives.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  129. Jack

    It says that poor people are smarter than Democrats.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  130. Brittney -- NYC

    Half of poor, uneducated people are easy to fool into voting against their own interests because they have no time to read up and research the real issues and the real answers, the other half doesn't vote because they believe they've been poor so long that no matter who is in power they always will be. Republicans take advantage of that.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  131. Brady in NY

    Well obviously it says that their policies don't work in reality. If the Republicans can't even provide for their own states, how can we expect them to deliver on a national level? They might very well drag us into the Third-World, which would be good for them since they could then exploit our cheap labor.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  132. Jenni Swink

    It says that the cost of living is a lot lower than other states.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  133. Steve D

    It shows poor people as a group don't vote!!!!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  134. Steve


    It isn't surprising that Republicans own the 10 poorest states. After all they are for big business only, not the working little people. Look at their party where are the blacks and Latinos?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  135. Bill Denegar

    You get what you vote for.
    Spring Hill, FL

    September 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  136. Jess Wilder

    Jack, it says that the Republicans are more focused on rhetoric and pointing out what others have failed to do than on what they can do to actually fix the problem. Rhetoric wins votes in these states, not reason.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  137. Josh in California

    Its funny that, those that rally against socialism, are the states that need these programs the most. Its clear that the republicans have been bought and sold by the financial elite.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  138. FRANK

    Jack, what it says is that the Republican party has done some research on who does and doesn't vote. I would bet anything that a high percent of people in poverty don't vote. That's why the republicans can just blow them off.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  139. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    It says that these "patriots" are firm backers of the "Job Creators" whether they create jobs in China, Bangladesh or any other place that the almighty profit trumps any sense of American security, spirit or commitment to the general welfare of our weakening great nation. It also show how uninformed most voters are when they make decisions based on political soundbites and commercials by multinational corporations. The general public may be poorer than ever, but by allowing themselves to become the unwitting dupes of these arrogant and self serving candidates, maybe we deserve what we get.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  140. Dan in Albuquerque

    It is a reflection of typical GOP catering to those who have. The South has not generally been industrialized as much as the North, either. They have historically been farmers, although it is slowly changing. The GOP's traditional opposition to social programs usually means there are fewer training programs to develop a qualified labor pool, as is becoming the case nationwide.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  141. Doug McGee

    It says that year after year the GOP is successful in using divisive issues (abortion etc) to get the population of these mostly evangelical states to vote against their interests.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  142. Ken in NC

    It means the "TRICKLE" in their trickle down dried up after they gave to all their big owners on the top. In other words "The Top" is taking their trickle and ours too. We don't even get Republican peanuts. All we get from them is Republican peanut hulls.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  143. Sug

    It means that there are more people who vote against their own best interest ... perhaps because many of those states are among the lowest in level and quality of education.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  144. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Sounds like class warfare to me. The product of 2big2fail Corprate Wealth Fare. Bush doctrines and courtesy of the Federal Reserve. All GOP roads lead to greed. The Double Standard of Republican 2 for me and one for you long long division.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  145. Butch F.

    What it means is this: Republicans WANT to make ALL 50 States equally poor and sick. Big Business and the very rich NEED their tax breaks to do this.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  146. Mario in NY

    This should make it clear that if you are poor, meaning middle class and you are thinking to vote for GOP next election? You deserve what you get.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  147. Jess Wilder--Mason, TN

    Jack, it says that the Republicans are more focused on rhetoric and pointing out what others have failed to do than on what they can do to actually fix the problem. Rhetoric wins votes in these states, not reason.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  148. neil

    Jack I think it displays a general lack of caring about others in hard circumstances by republican individuals en masse. Their constiuents generally fall into two categories, business owners who in turn exploit individuals to get the cheapest possible labor, and those whose only care is about spreading their own conservative views instead of the welfare of their fellow man. If you look at the standard of living in those states you mentioned, goes to show how the Republican Party wants the rest of the nation to turn out. Care about the rich, they pad your pockets, forget the poor because they do nothing for you.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  149. Umer (Shreveport, Louisiana)

    Jack, it goes to show that people have not been voting their economic interest for decades because of social issues. The democratic party needs to reducate the citizens of these states about how the corporatist policies of the republican party are feudalistic and keeping these very people from gaining any traction in upward mobility. The republican party is anti education (Bobby Jindal is slashing education in Louisiana), anti science (Perry does not believe in evolution), anti poor (tax cuts for the rich with hipes of trickle down).

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  150. Sully

    All this means is that Republicans are just as bad with money as Democrats are. The politicians on Capitol Hill should really make note of that...

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  151. Renita M,S

    Jack, do the math.These states are poor because they rather for the minorites to have a low employement rate before they admitt they are just races peolpes.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  152. Bob, in Florida

    You're joking! ... Right???

    The REAL question is .... How do Republicans ever get voted into office? Republcians DO NOT do anything for ANYONE who is NOT wealthy. When the overwhelming voting public is middle class or poor....vote these people into office...It only shows the voters' stupidity!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  153. Jeff in CA

    This may sound mean, but the answer is that all those states are full of stupid religious people voting against their own best interest. Sorry but that's the way it is.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  154. marybeth, massachusetts


    I'm not surprised; states that vote Republican have a gov't that follows Repblican values, which means low/minimum wage jobs, huge tax cuts and many tax loopholes for the wealthy and business, little to no social safety nets (Rick Perry fired 75% of the firefighters in Texas. Burn baby burn!), little to no gov't regulations or oversight so businesses are free to pollute the environment, rip off the unwary, and unions have been run out (unions were the groups that fought for better wages, better working conditions, workplace safety, and benefits like paid holidays, sick time, and vacation time for workers). Funding for education is not a priority, so the school systems are poor and quality of education is not very good.

    But business lines the pockets of politicians, who continue to benefit the rich. And the poor people continue to vote against their best interests by electing politicians who take away more from them and give it to their rich cronies.

    What is says is that if other states decide to vote Republican, they will join these 10 Southern red states in the race to bring more people to poverty and to a lower standard of living. Look what happened in Wisconsin. The goal is to make the entire country a 3rd world banana republic. The definition of one (3rd world country) is a country that concentrates the majority of its wealth in the hands of a small few while the rest live in poverty. There is NO middle class. I'd say that we're there.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  155. Deb M. in Florida

    It says that there are a lot of people voting against their own interests on a regular basis.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  156. James Bowen

    It should be obvious that republican cannot lead.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  157. Jerry Mund, Appleton, WI

    It says compassionate conservatism is another empty republican throw away line. Both parties lie, but the Republicans have raised it to a high art form. I bet all 10 states have a poor education level.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  158. Adam

    It says that they focus too many resources to corporate "persons" rather than living, breathing persons.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  159. Bill in Missouri


    Because the 10 poorest states vote Republican just means:
    You can fool some of the people some of the time
    All the people some of the time.
    And these 10 states all of the time

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  160. Marc

    Well it say's that most of those states are ignorant to the fact that the GOP are not fighting for their interest! I think if you are poor and are GOP, Then you really don't no policies, but just Nascar and Jerry Springer.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  161. jeff in Santa Fe

    Why are most of the 10 poorest states Republican? The ten poorest states also happen to be the ten of the dumbest states, so that should answer your question.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  162. Philip TN

    Everything is relative and does not depend on interpretation by the government's definitions. Quality of life despite what the government tells you lies within the individual. To be defined as poor does not mean to be automatically unhappy. Basic principals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not buzz words.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  163. Lyle

    It means they made a poor choice in not knowing who they voted for, maybe next time people will take the chance to make a right choice in leaders and learn who they are and everything they believe in not just this subject or that like most greedy people do. You might get this but end up with a lot of that.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  164. Jeff H

    It shows that Republicans are more ideology based than reality based. They don't do much thinking of their won, they rely on their leaders to tell them how to think.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  165. C Dalton

    This is an easy one Jack. Republicans are addressing the poor. They are redistricting and passing laws to limit or remove their voting rights. They are taking away their right to bargain with the fat cats, and they are suggesting cuts to all of the programs which might benefit them all in the hopes that the poor will just fade away. Out of sight, out of mind. Problem solved.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  166. MAGDY

    It shows that there is a big gap between a marketing statement ("fiscally responsible and the party of the people") and actual execution reality ("protecting the wealthy and corporations"). Perry talks the talk but does not walk the talk. He drives poverty up and real job creation down but clever marketing tells the average Joe he is one of them – the same average Joe that may lose his job to Perry's policies in the future. Walk your talk or don't talk. Amercia – it is time to wake up.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  167. Nicholas

    This shows that the majority of the people who vote Republican in these states do not even make enough money to be a Republican. The Republican party looks out for the wealthiest of citizens, not the poorest, as evident in the Bush tax cuts. I'm from Louisiana and have lived in the south the majority of my life. There is a huge dispair between the rich and poor moreso in the south than in the west, midwest, and northern states.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  168. scott

    the only way the republicans can keep their vote going is to keep us "poor and stupid" and unfortunatly it works in these states. "yes lets keep voting for the same people that keeps us in the lowest quality living in the U.S. I believe someone very smart once said "doing something over and over again and expext something diffrent is plain stupid"

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  169. Vance-Georgia

    Trickle down economics has not worked in the Southern states, nor has tax cuts for the wealthy, nor has cutting education expenditures and increasing class sizes, nor has "quasi" segregation of the elite versus the minorities. Neo-keynsian economics, entrepreneurship, advanced technology creates JOBS. The National elections will see the Tea Party votes come home to roost and the Red States if they were not gerrymandered as my district is–will loose.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  170. David

    It means that Marx was wrong in his conceptualization of Class Consciousness. Voting in these states is based upon issues such as religion, gun rights, and the "culture wars," and not on economic self-interest. In addition, the expectation of wealth (the so-called American Dream) appears to have a strong hold on voters in these states. Thus, solidarity by economic class is extraordinarily weak.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  171. Wayne

    With the 10 poorest states being republican, this says that these state are the least intelligent as well. How else can you explain a population of people supporting the very party that could care less about them. Go figure !

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  172. Jon from Tempe

    It says that the Republican trickle down theory of economics that our country has unfortunately embraced has really harmed this counttry. It is especially more visible in the red states as those states have no opposition to these principles. Ronald Reagn ushered in an era that has nearly destroyed our country. Unfortunately, my party, the Democrats, has not done a good job in showing the peope that this economic theory does not work. America is no longer a democracy, it is a plutonomy. The red states are even more in the direction of plutonomy because of zero opposition to the Reagan revolution.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  173. FRANK in Mesa, Az

    Jack, what it says is that the Republican party has done some research on who does and doesn't vote. I would bet anything that a high percent of people in poverty don't vote. That's why the republicans can just blow them off.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  174. CommonSense in California

    Well Jack, although the Republican spin machine will never admit to it, it says what is glaringly obvious: The Republican economic policies DO work. They work for the rich, because they are designed to make poor and middle class (soon to be poor) pay the price and carry the majority of the burden. They don't want to get rid of tax cuts for corporations or the ultra-rich. Every single time they get into office, we hear this mantra....and every single time, corporations and the rich benefit, and thank the rest of us, by shipping US jobs off to other countries. My question is, what are they going to do when the entire middle class is poor and there's no one left to foot the bill for the fat cats?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  175. BobP

    what is says is, that those living below poverty level think the DEMS in large part got us in these problems. I reside in a poor city Cleveland in a state thats gone downhill, why? because of loss of MANUFACTURING jobs that Ohio depended on. The Repubs are not much better either. s/BobP, Cleveland

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  176. Mark, Round Hill, VA

    The 10 poorest states are Republican because they can fool most of the poor most of the time. Let's hope that they can't fool the poor all of the time.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  177. Jesse Sanchez

    If the poorest states are all Republican then the trickle down policy inevitably does not work. Policies like this has allowed large businesses and corrupt politicians to drain these economies of wealth and prosperity in exchange for greed and poverty.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  178. Parris, Baltimore MD

    To me it says that the Republican idiology is a complete and total failure, not that the Dems have faired much better. There is something fundamentally wrong with a line of thought that concludes that a tax code which benefits the ULTRA RICH can benefit the middle and lower classes as well. America is imploding as a result of the unbridaled and unchecked greed that was allowed to run wild through almost every level of our society. Its morning in America, and ain't this hangover something...

    September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  179. Douglas Hayes

    Thatis a easy answer : The Repelicans are the PROBLEM !

    September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  180. Maren

    Perhaps it says something about the nature of poverty, as opposed to conservative philosophy. Poor people often don't have access to information, may not have had access to a descent education, are often depressed and have likely never had an opportunity to feel "in charge" of their lives. The generational poor are the perfect audience for the conservative rationale that they are worthless pawns for "plantation" owners to move around the board as they see fit. Harsh authoritarianism is all they've ever known. Republicans. Gotta love 'um. No, really, you have to love them!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  181. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It says that as far as Wall Street, big business, and the Republicans are concerned we still have a ways to go until we finally are competitive with the third world countries in wages and benefits, Reagan began it and the Bushes did their best to get there, especially W, but this policy was postponed under Clinton and Obama.

    Keep electing these half wit Republicans and we'll get there.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  182. Laith Gulli, Columbus, IN

    This is an example of OPPOSITE POLARITY VOTING–not happy–then grab the ballot and vote opposite to the current office holders–regardless of personal party affiliations or feelings-if the voters keep this up then a true democracy can someday be realized that is controlled by "we the People."

    Laith F. Gulli, Columbus, Indiana

    September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  183. Morgan - Florida

    The Republicans are unconcerned about Southern poverty because poor blacks will never vote for them and the overwhelming majority of Southern whites will vote for them regardless of circumstances. Widespread (especially rural) poverty is an historical condition to which the South is long accustomed and is therefore a political issue with significantly less political traction than might be the case elsewhere.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  184. Classic


    September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  185. William C. Weaver

    I live in Kentucky and we do have a lot of poverty, but proud people who work hard in a state with a balanced budget. Maybe we just live in the real world and wealth is pretend for those in deep debt.
    Bill in Louisville

    September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  186. Anne N. Houston, TX

    It says Republican policies are essentially class warfare and racist as well. You might as well throw in sexist, as women of all races are more likely to live in poverty, especially elderly women. Rule ONE when dealing with the GOP: If they are accusing others of it (class warfare, for example), THEY ARE DOING IT AND WANT TO DEFLECT YOUR ATTENTION FROM THAT FACT!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  187. Gregg Niemi

    Jack, it says that most Americans have lost the capacity to distinguish between fact and opinion. When they are told that reducing taxes on the rich will create jobs, they believe it without further evidence. When they are told that big government is wasting their money they accept it without noticing what it's wasted on. And when they hear that brown skinned people are taking their jobs they demand a fence instead of wondering what kind of jobs those were.

    Have the tea partiers noticed that since their guys took over the Congress the economy has slid back into a recession? No Way - they've been told that's Obama's fault so who needs evidence.

    As long as we let the Republicans keep forcing the idea that education is intended to help people get jobs, we'll keep producing people who willingly vote against their own interests. Can you spell Oligarchy?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  188. Matt Wayner

    Republicans excell at getting people to vote against their own financial interest. And if that fails, there's always voter supression.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  189. Vince Hugh

    Jack, what's more significant is that the 10 largest and poorest cities in the USA are controlled by Democrats! You have to break down why these Republican states are so poor in he south...and that's because they have the highest percent of minorities and most have low educational achievements. Get outside of the 'black' areas, and you see wealth, fine schools, and a highly educated voter. Basically there are 'two souths'.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  190. Cheryl

    It proves that pride does come before destruction. The people with the most pride and cannot received government aid are those with the most pride. Donald Trump did not let his pride get in the way of filing bankruptcy or gaining government aid. The republican party is currently taking advantage of the pride of people; feeding on their pride to not take aid yet forgetting their moral fabic of taking care of the poor, widow and those less than themselve. Did it say how you treat the least is how you are treating Jesus?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  191. Darrin from Fort Lauderdale

    It means that the Right Wing has successfully duped the "Nascar" crowd into giving up their economic interests in the name of social issues for the past 30 years. As long as the Republicans keep up fear-mongering about abortion, gay rights, gun rights and religion, the wool will continue to cover the eyes of those least likely and least educated enough to recognize a political Red Herring when they see it.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  192. Jon

    Way to go Jack! That is a very good point. The poorest states and usually the most under educated states are Republican. That in itself should give them a fail for ecnomic policy, the only thing those Governors know how to do is steal jobs from other states and then claim they created jobs.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  193. Joyce Grissom, Marshall, TX

    It says that the GOP cares only about the rich. They want to take the country back and erase all educational, technological and social gain ever accomplished that benefited anyone other than a select group whose incomes are the top 1%.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  194. Chris in SINY

    If the Republicans don't care about the middle class,,why would they care about the poor?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  195. Will

    I think the other comments here are more enlightening than the question. This was a loaded question, and the majority of commenters seemed to have no problem jumping on the bandwagon and demonizing the Republican party while declaring that Democrats can do no wrong. From the perspective of somebody who lives in one of these "poor" states, I don't think it says much about the Republican party at all, to be honest.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  196. Richard Zuehsow

    what does this say,,,, the 10 poorest states,,,,,ten poorest countrys. they continue to want to dig a hole to get ua out of this mess. Newt Gringrich rightly compromised with president Clinton in raising taxes to balance the budget. Need I say more.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  197. Rich Switzer

    The GOP wealthy supporters hate the fact that they have OBEY the minimum wage laws in hiring workers. They hate UNIONS even more. The poor states are usually "so called right to work" states which always means lower wages and benefits and big business profits. In 2012 THE GOP will be making all 50 state poverty states by eliminating unions and minimum wage laws in the "disguise" of creating JOBS.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  198. Sandy in Easton, PA

    Jack, I've mulled this over for a long time and wonder if the poor people in these states believe they will someday hit the big time and need the tax breaks for the rich that they seemingly believe in. Another statistic to consider is the amount of federal aid going to and revenue coming from these states – again, lopsided. They should thank their lucky stars that some of us (not necessarily politicians) are working hard to help them survive daily. It seems obvious that they cannot figure things out.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  199. Peter Mchale

    States with complicated and expensive infrastructures are also the states that produce all the Nation's Wealth and whose populatons pay the lions share of Federal Tax. The poored states produce no wealth and pay little tax. Texas being the best example.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  200. Tre Bradley

    The south has never truly given up on recapturing the wealth and power back since the civil war, and how it's feels about it's citizen that began as there slaves and will never allow any group to achieve the level of there prosperity without them playing by their rules.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  201. Tom - Cincinnati, OH

    It means absolutely nothing! What does mean something is that virtually all major CITIES are steeped in poverty, decay, and economic turmoil and all are run by democrat politicians. And that has been the case for a long, long time.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  202. Dan Awalt

    The "Top 10"...on the bottom, economically, and supporting the Repubs? It's education and information, Jack, or the lack thereof. Ignorance allows people in these states to buy into the Republican snake oil. They actually support the party which harms them the most. Ignorance surely is bliss!
    Bradenton, Florida

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  203. Ralph Nelson

    The Republican Party going back to the 1870's has always represented the rich and big business (50% of the deligates to the last McCain presidentail convention had incomes over $500,000). Both of these groups got rich exploiting the poor. There really wasn't a middle class before FDR. That is his (and labor's) greatest accomplishment. The nation's poorest states are Repulbican because of their economic policies of worker exploitation and little support for the middle class. Note these states are also most likely at the bottom in education and probably health care. An educated public is the Republican Party's greatest enemy. So...it is Republican economic practices.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  204. Bob M. from NY

    Why are the Republicans still in charge in the poor states? Becouse they're taking care of them good old boys who are working and doing well. If the unemployed were to band together, and become a force like the Tea Party. Then a new song will be a playing!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  205. Juan in Miami

    Line up the data of wealth by state with education by state and yet get two big RED bars.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  206. Steven Armstrong

    It actually scares me to see how important it is to Republicans that we, as a nation, fail. They want, so badly, to be able to say that it is because we elected a black president. They want to say that it's because we object to states rights. They want to say it's because we allow women's rights. They want to say it's because we don't pray enough. They want to say it's because we don't want war. They want to say it's because we don't practice their weird form of patriotism. They want to say that we should expect a miracle. We should go to church. We should surrender to the capital accumulaters they call job-creators and that we should ignore the class warfare that we are greviously losing. Don't call it that. They would attack.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  207. Jim-Charlotte NC


    For 90 years these people voted for Democrats because they llost the Civil War and blamed Republicans. Then in the 60's they all converted to the Republican Party because Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights act. What can you say about a bunch of people who harbor such resentment that they will cut off their nose to spite their face

    September 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  208. Stella from Chicago

    It says that the Republicans don't care at all about people & poverty, they exploit them, they keep them in poverty & ignorance in order to keep their millions and to get more & more rich. It's a dictatorship like communism or fascism – no

    September 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  209. bluebill

    What it says Jack is that the GOP agenda of the past 10-12 years creates more poverty. The fact that "Poverty" has not been nentioned in any of the recent GOP Debates also speaks loudly that the new GOP could care less about poor people. Poor people are not their constituents, do not fund their campaigns, and often cannot afford the time or transportation to vote. My suggestion to fix this is 1) Develop a system where people can vote on-line. 2) In order to help reduce the defict, Charge a 50% tax on all political campaign ads. The Rethuglican GOP's like Boehner, Cantor, and Co. seem to have endless moneys for campaign ads, and yet no moneys for the people who really need help.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  210. charles wightman

    these people do not vote....if 100% of the eligible voters excercized that right, the republicans would be out of business....

    September 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  211. Wayne


    With the 10 poorest states being republican, this calls into question the intelligence of the people voting republican. How else can you explain a population of people supporting the very party that could care less about them. Go figure !

    September 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  212. Paris in NY

    The Republicans have and will always be the party of the rich. They have never cared about the poor people of this country because the poor can't afford to hire lobbyist to bribe Congress. It's hard to believe these guys can't see the pain and suffering their selfish behavior are causing to decent hard working Americans. We really need to overhaul the whole political system so they work just as hard for their money as we do ours.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  213. Jac from Montana

    I live in Montana but we have very few tea partiers here.
    I think its because the Deep South is mainly poorly educated
    and deeply depressed. They don't know what they are

    September 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  214. david bidlack

    dave b. lansing michigan great question jack. i have wondered for years why a poor state that could not even get by without revenue sharing of federal dollars would vote for a party that wants all federal revenue to go to defense only with all states being on their own! states rights would in the long run help states like michigan with a much less powerful federal goverment. NO RAIN IN TEXAS ? guess which states are in the middle of this countries fresh water reserves? just keep voting for smaller goverment dummies and see what the price of water will be a gallon in our future?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  215. Scott Jackson

    The GOP does a few things very, very well. They are masters of fear. They are also masters of the shell game. They get you to pay attention to things that are really not all that important – get you in a lather about it, and blame the other side for it. While that is happening, they are lining their pockets, while undermining anything and everything that does not directly tie to their agenda. It's the pied piper syndrome, and unfortunately there are way too many lemmings willing to go off the cliff for them (not with them).

    September 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  216. Kelly Vista, CA

    The poor have statisticlly low voting rates and are also more likely to be victims of deceptive voting practices, such as gerrymandering. When a person is simply struggling to feed their family, politics is not what is important to them. I also think poor education & a general feeling of helplessness add to low voting rates among the poor.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  217. Brendan

    The is quite revealing! The GOP always speaks about cutting the poverty alleviation (entitlement) programs.Perhaps the impoverished GOP supporters in those states have not yet figured out that the republicans debate with democrats is primarily about the GOP's insistence to switch off their life support machine programs.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  218. Angela

    This shows that the focus of the Republicans on "job creators" far exceeds any concern they may have for those who are unemployed or underemployed, i.e. those of us who are really suffering. Just look at the programs they want to cut-which is pretty much anything that helps those who can't help themselves (social security, planned parenthood). People need to open their eyes and start voting for their own interests, not the interests of the "job creators" because all they care about is padding their own pockets.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  219. Harry Bolton

    The Republicans don't care about the poor, yet they are the party of the "Christians" – I can't comprehend this.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  220. LA Belle

    It says that's why the Repbulicans are fighting so hard to have their way until they succeed in putting all states in the same category. Everyone POOR without a pot to piss in.

    Ruby (Louisiana)

    September 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  221. Ana

    It says the people in these states are voting against their interests. They are probably worried they will be taxed too much when they win the lottery.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  222. Randy

    It shows just how ignorant and uneducated the generations were who got this country into this wealth worship really are. Election after election the grey hairs kept putting "good ol' boys" in office who couldn't care less about them and their hardships. In 2008 they had been ripped off by their fellow WASPS so much they turned to a black man to bail them out. Knowing the ignorance of their cattle, the oligarchs had bought him off 4 years earlier. The game is RIGGED for the rich and corporations, the only thing the electorate can do now is recognize the real enemy and literally set out to destroy their power. And lastly, be vigilant about keeping your eyes on these same insanely greedy people who have a crackhead type sickness for money.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  223. Don from Florida

    Jack its very simple The republicans philosofy is the rich get richer and the poor stay poor.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  224. Victoria in MS

    It just shows you the IQ level of people living in those states. It does not make sense for poor americans who depend on government aid to be Republican.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  225. mike longwwod,fla.

    Jack, I'm from the south where most of these states are. I'm white, and in my 40's. Unfortunately it means the old way of biggoted thinking still exsists. a vote against the democrats, is a vote against minorities. This is the plain truth of the matter. Even if these dumb, poor whites vote against their own interests. It means stupid people still vote. They've been brainwashed by their own families from generation to generation, into voteing against their own interest. Unfortunately bill maher is right on this subject, when he says, he doesn't wish america was stupid, it just is...

    September 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  226. Corey

    Jack, it says that people are party loyalists even when it jeopardizes their well being. Proof that people aren't voting for candidates that actually care about them. It's all about party affiliation..........plain and simple.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  227. Judy, Earth

    Poverty = poor education = ignorance = easily duped = voting republican when it's so obviously against their best interests. No wonder republicans are so reluctant to aid education in any way.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  228. JT

    It tells me that the Republicans don't really have a plan. As long as President Obama is out of the picture, they don't care. The Republicans will say and do anything. The bad part about it is, some of the very people that vote for them don't want to hear the truth anyway.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  229. Maryann from Concord, NH

    Hi Jack,
    Are you kidding? These are the same types of people who fought to keep slavery even though they were probably (99.99%) never going to own a slave – they just wanted to keep their options open. They simply have no clue as to the consequences of their actions.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  230. Randy

    It says that a lot of voters in these here United States vote against their own best interest in order to stop abortion, gays from marrying, and the right to own a gun, if they can afford one.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  231. Ben Miller

    And I believe all those states make their budget. The question should be "What does it say about those Democratic states that are not making their budget and are experiencing large cuts and shortfalls like New York, California, Illinois and Michigan?"

    September 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  232. Donald Wines

    It says to me that not only are they the poorest states, the inhabitants are among the least intelligent. How can you continue to be misled by your so-called Republican leaders who are doing nothing about the high rate of poverty, but yet you continue to vote for them. Wake up! Vote them out and vote in somebody who will improve the situation. Does that mean vote for the Democrats? Listen to and examine the messages spoken by all sides and vote accordingly.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  233. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Republicans don't believe in paying workers. Republicans don't believe in Education. Republicans don't believe in infrustructure of any kind.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  234. Phil in Oakland

    Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Republicans* (but were too seduced by their Big Lie to ask)

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  235. Adam from Florida

    Basically, Democrats are always just slightly too liberal with the spending of our money. Did the $865 billion stimulus plan work? Yeah, for all of about 1.5 years. So should we entrust our money yet again to the Democrats? I think not. Get rid of minimum wage, and you will see a huge surge in employment. That's just simple economics: high quantity of jobs supplied with a high price floor will inevitably leave you with a low quantity demanded for those high priced jobs.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  236. Rick Rivard

    It's called Education "Stupid" without doing the home work....Get the Fed's out of the Education field and maybe the Education system in all the States, and specifically the "Red's" would improve. Note: Minority Education is and has been per-centage wise, a thorn in the South and even the North–Re- Michigan etc...EDUCATE, GRADUUATE, instead of Incarcerate.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  237. JT, Missouri

    It tells me that the Republicans don't really have a plan. As long as President Obama is out of the pitcure, they don't care. The Republicans will say and do anything. The bad part about it is, some of the very people that vote for them don't want to hear the truth anyway.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  238. Janna @ Wash DC

    Republicans in congress are mega-millionaires, what do they know about poverty? –The Republicans have long-taken from the poor and will continue to do so; Republicans take billions of dollars from numerous programs to pay for their own [welfare] ; not the people's welfare ; the corporate and bailout welfare.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  239. Paul Scott

    For some inexplicable reason a majority of people living in poverty vote time and again to elect their oppressors, the GOP. Perhaps this results from one of the root causes of poverty; low education levels. You say Republicans believe their economic agenda is the only way to create jobs. I say "What agenda?" If the tea party has their way this country will shortly be in a depression that will have people longing for the 1930's to return. Then, to fix the problem, those suffering the most will vote for Rick Perry. God help us.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  240. HJ in Colorado

    One of the great mysteries of life is why the poorest of the poor, the least educated, most unemployed and underemployed - the very people who need the type of government help the Republicans want to eliminate - either don't vote or vote for the party that has the least concern for their plight. It reinforces my belief that you can never underestimate the ignorance of the American voter; and as long as that continues the poorest states will remain Republican.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  241. Mike in Texas

    It means even the poorest us citizens would rather live down south than up north with you fat cats.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  242. Jim

    It means that Republicans are full of ____. They don't care about anyone but their rich friends. They are big supporters of business which has outsourced our country. Tax breaks to business that outsource jobs just seems like a slap in the face to America. Business is waiting to invest their cash till sales improve. How id that going to happen when the majority of jobs we have left are fast food jobs! Decreased sales, outsourced and layoffs= less taxes. Less taxes cause government layoffs. Meaning even less sales. This cycle has to end. There are millions of people in this region that would love to work in an auto plant for $15 an hour. Why ship these jobs to Mexico, Asia or else where? I understand how the unions have ruined the North of the USA but there are plenty of places in these states with right to work laws that would love jobs with health insurance and retirement. At least 29% of the children in my NC community live in poverty. So Republicans who is Patriotic, people who would love to work but can't find a job or you who continue to protect the wealthy and allow companies to outsource jobs?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  243. Mark, Billings MT

    It says that national democratic party needs to move more to the center. Montana usually goes red in federal elections, but conservative democrats do well in state elections. Our current governor is a "blue dog" and many here wish he could run for a third term.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  244. Carol Ann Faulkner

    So called "Christian" candidates only seem to cite their Christianity about all matters sexual. They neglect to note that Christ relentlessly preached in the Gospels about helping the poor and those in need. It is complete and utter hypocrisy to be all for the wealthy and against improving things for the poor, and then boast about your Christianity. Its disgusting politics and nothing more.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  245. Donald Owens

    It says that this is the Bible belt and most of those whose vote vote one issue, Abortion. When these conservative Christian Republicans realize there is more to this world than abortion then they will be on the road to recovery. It is like being an alcoholic or hooked on drugs, until you see the error of your ways you are doomed to failure. Poor people follow those who they perceive to be smarter than them and the Republicans play this card every two years. The south has the resources to be prosperous but only those with connections get the jobs.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  246. Joel Moreno

    It confirms my fear that the Republican Party uses religion, patriotism, and people's own fears as means to achieve their agenda. The agenda, to help and maintain the rich while also allowing government to enable them to become even richer. Creating laws that help the very rich. Just like third world countries, brainwash the population especially the less educated and you will succeed. It's not an accident that most countries in Latin America keep their poor uneducated. The Republicans would love nothing more for this country. They are on their way!!!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  247. Tammy Hackley

    It says that most of the people in those states are not very bright. I can remember driving through the streets of Ga and seeing a with part of the roof falling in. There was a elderly couple sitting on the porch. They had a Mccain/Palin sign in their front yard. It boggles my mind how the most disadvantaged Americans claim to be Republican. Republicans only care about big business and the rich. You can only respect the fact that they don't even try to hide it. If you are poor, the Republican party is going to do nothing to help you, if anything they will continue to kick you while you are down by removing funds from programs that can help you so they gave give more tax breaks to big businesses and wealthy Americans. People you need to wake up!!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  248. Manny

    It's funny how Republicans are always saying, "lets get rid of Entilements!! ", or cuts, cuts, and even more cuts in spending. The people living in poverty that vote them are not realizing that these cuts will effect them even more. If you are living under poverty, why are you voting for a party that is clearly protecting the upperclass. It's time for these states to get the hint. This my friends is class warfare!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  249. Bob in FL

    Jack, get to the root of the problem by looking at the demographics. The liberal biased question doesn't speak to the root cause. Also, get the UAW and the NLRB out of South Carolina.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  250. Eric Gray

    I believe it shows that the republicans talk a big game without being able to back it up. It proves that they can't pull the country out of this depression or create jobs. The republicans had their 8 years to dig us our grave putting us in 2 wars without preparation or support. They didn't raise taxes they didn't have the support of the UN. Putting us in the astronomical debt and miserable economy that we are currently dealing with. Give Obama time to clean up the most disastrous mess that anyone has ever inherited responsibility of.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  251. Michelle

    Non poor person oppinion: The truly poor have more on their minds than getting to the poll to vote. Do they have transportation? No! Can they afford a taxi ride to the voting booth? No! Are they educated? No. Are their schools failing? Yes. Are they promised things that never come happen? Yes. I live in NC. However, I live in a middle class community in Raleigh. Are there poor? Yes. Do I see it every day? No. Do I live in their neighborhoods? No. Do they vote for even the very things that their children will benefit from such a new BOE members who dismantled the diversity policy of our county? No. Why? We can keep guessing, but the fact is if you don't live in a poor community and are not poor it's just speculation. Why is it poor African families who live in Africa put more of an importance on education-willing to walk miles to get one compared to our own poor population in the US? Because, other than the occasional food drop, they get nothing for being poor in Africa; and here in America we aid the poor to stay poor. Maybe once their funds are cut they'll start showing up to the polls.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  252. Charlie in Indy

    The ten poor red states are also So called right to work (for less states) as is Texas . Their citizens are so indoctrinated they are like chickens that trust Col. Sanders with their futures. They are poor because their corporate owned politicians are doing the business to them for their right wing billionaire campaign funding supporters. who also support the religious groups that indoctrinate the people every Sunday.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  253. Donna in Allen, TX

    Southerners take their religious and social conservatism very seriously. It's ironic that policies forwarded by the Democrats would benefit them far more than anything Republicans offer, but they would never align themselves with the party that favors gay rights, women's rights, etc.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  254. Michael

    This is tangible evidence of just what kind of effect that republican policies have on real economies. They have demonstrated over and over again their determination to enhance, empower and encourage the rich in contrast to the poor, widowed, fatherless members of society. My question is, "how do they keep getting away with it"? They will yet politically win their state. When will justice roll down like a river and righteous judgement as a mighty stream?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  255. Sarah Carlson

    Defining "poverty' as only those families of 4, for example, who make about $22, 000 or less doesn't take into account how difficult it is to live on $25,000 or $30,000. Defining poverty relative to the national average income paints a more accurate picture of how many people in the U.S. really are poor, but the U.S. is one of the few countries with a fixed poverty rate, intended I believe to obscure the magnitude of the problem.. We do NOT live in a land of equal opportunity. If you are born poor, you will most likley remain poor in this country. GDP does not correlate with social indicator improvements, which have been consistently low in the U.S. despite percieved monetary gains. Republican or Democrat, why are so many people in all of those states poor? Why are the rich getting richer and the middle class getting poorer? How can we as a nation not care about our own people?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  256. Harry

    Ill tell you what it says.

    it tells me Republicans care more about corporate crooks that back offshoring profits overseas to keep from paying taxes while the middle class pays thier fair sher and struggle to put food on table because of job losses. Republicans have always backed tax breaks for the wealthy while at the same time place the tax burdens on the backs of the poor. They call themselves conservatives today because the Republican party lost to the right wing Tea Party. Republicans bank on the fact that most poor folks are uneducated about politics and will not get to the voting booths to make a change. Most labor jobs now gone overseas, Republicans also know that the power of the once strong unions the voice of the working people have vanished. Now the working poor and middle class are at the mercie of the rich or top 10% backed by most Tea party Republicans that carry most of the voting weight. The poverty striken and poor don't stand a chance in any of these red states unless these people are finially educated on politics and understand thier voting power .

    Harry from Georgia

    September 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  257. HH in GA

    Look at the condition of these states and you can see where the rest of the country is headed if Republicans gain control in 2012. Republicans prey on the weak and the politically apathetic who live in a state of false consciousness. Wake up everyone! Republicans are only for protecting their own. I once heard it referred to as the Iron Law of Oligarchy.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  258. richard

    I can tell you this. You con not have 10 babys when you can't afford one. Who pays... Case closed.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  259. tom

    Jack,why do people in these states even elect republicans?I guess they cant afford to gas up their cars to get to the polls.This country will eventually end up like the middle east.Class Warfare is ongoing in politics and one day on the streets.Wake up Republicans or you will bring about the means to your own end.Dog eat dog world is it not!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  260. Sotee

    It says that Republicans are proponents of disingenuous doctrines like the trickling down of wealth when in reality the rich tend to get richer and have little or no regard for the poor. Whoever is poor from these states and votes Republican evidently has no idea or cares about how the Republicans feel about their wellbeing and prosperity and is self destructive to themselves and the nation.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  261. Jake Zollner

    This only proves the fact that Republicans are interested in maintaining a large lower class to do all of their manual labor, a smaller middle class of foremen and managers to keep the lower class in line, and a very small elite class whom rake in the global profits.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm |

    Lover of Mississippi, it is poor because they attract job creators that pay the lowest wages they can.

    They are republicans because they are blinded by their prejudices and inferior education.


    September 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  263. darko pejovic

    hi jack.i would like to explain in my opinion why the poorest states vote republican.Most of the poorest people believe in the morals and famely before the dollar, that is why most of them are poor,and the republicans cash on that to bennefit for themselfs by playing dirty politics making them think that they are fighting for that.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  264. bobby wong

    There is something strange going on. I can see why Donald Trump would want to vote for the Republican Party because the party can keep him wealthy. I don't see how the middle class and the poor would support the Republican Party. Job creation by cutting tax may work in the 80s. But today's global economy, companies are likely to hire in China and India.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  265. Br. Lawrence

    In the heart of the matter, the answer says that Republicans appeal to and hold close, the Poverty Consciousness – a state of mind that declares, "I can never get enough, need more, and there's never enough to go around!" This is the reason impoverished and wealthy people can both be unhappy, regardless their finances. This directly opposes the Abundance Consciousness which states, "The Universe provides all I need, always, when I am responsible for myself." These people are usually quite happy indeed. From this you can draw your own conclusions about these states.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  266. Marquis

    It's classic GOP ideology... "All for the rich, to hell with the poor." After all if people are poor it's there own fault, right?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  267. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    It means that advertising paid for by the oil companies that you see every five minutes, and other fake patriotism garbage works. They get the people who are the least informed to vote against their own interests. Nice job Chamber of Commerce! Thanks Koch brothers!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  268. Corey

    Jack, it says that people are party loyalists even when it jeopardizes their well being. Proof that people aren't voting for candidates that actually care about them. It's all about ole fashion party affiliation.......plain and simple.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  269. Donald Wines

    It says to me that not only are they the poorest states, the inhabitants are not using their best judgement in selecting leaders who will improve their conditions. How can you continue to be misled by leaders who are doing nothing about the high rate of poverty, but yet you continue to vote for them because of party lines?
    Wake up! Vote them out and vote in somebody who will improve the situation. Does that mean vote for the other party? Listen to and examine the messages spoken by all sides and vote accordingly.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  270. Katherine in Harvey, LA

    What does it say? Volumes!!! Foremost, it says that the Republicans and the Democrats need to put party affiliation/loyalty aside, and truly focus on what is the best steps to get America out of the downward spiral. We have been losing ground (eduation, entrepreneurship, innovations, world leadership, manufacturing, and the list goes on infinitum) on the international front for over 20 years. This is not a problem caused or heightened by the Obama administration (he would have to be a diety or a demon to have causee the decline in the few years that he has been in office; and he is not; he is just a man trying to do a job). So my message to all politicians and business people, stop the partisanship and let's restore our great country so that we and our children can achieve our full potential; and, by the grace of God, prosper and sustain ourselves.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  271. Frank-Birmingham, AL

    Poor states, uneducated or undereducated people make poor decisions.

    Get rid of them immigrants. Gay people marry? No fags allowed. Sex education to prevent teen age pregnancy, not on my dime. Class warfare, you bet. What hedge fund manager or Wall Street banker doesn't want privatized profit with socialized risk.

    Don't study history. The wealthy would never do this intentionally. . . again.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  272. kathy from peoria az

    It means nothing has changed with Republicans. They are for the rich and always will be. If they really cared about the American people they would set aside their differences and work with the President at all costs but that will never happen. The republicans have forgotten they are the ones that got us in this mess but keep blaming President Obama. Just like a spoiled child who will blame everyone else but themselves. What bothers me is that people buy into this bologna that republicans dish out.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  273. Larry in Houston

    Jack – I've read the majority of these comments on here. Why do you think I'm down here in Houston ? If you read the comments from NC SKIPBO & Greg in Arkansas , you will see why Perry has gotten to be Governor for the 3rd time. The republicans have enough money to spend on Billboards / Bumper stickers / radio station & T.V. ads and have a "calling office" in every city / town / & county in the Whole State. When the mexicans see the pics on those bumper stickers & billboards & hear their radio station ads including putting ads in every newspaper in every county & town, they don't know who they are actually running against, so they figure the only one that is running for office is the person that they see and hear about.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  274. george Granger

    if you look deeper ,you will find any even more interesting statistic,because most of the poorest states are republican(and tea party leaning) most of the federal money for social programs go to red states.for the poor.You add in that most FEMA involved disasters "seem" to happen in red states(south and southeast) you have any even llarger disperportionate amount of federal money going in, to red states ,than blue. I dont understand all the hypocrisy on the part of the red sates congressional leaders and the fact that the people of these states continue to elect the same corporate ,trickle down coporate -–, except for the obvious that all the populations in red states being in poverty and probably uneducated and ignorant,dont understand, that the very people trying to screw them they continue to vote in! thank you respectfully george w granger los olivos california

    September 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  275. Discouraged in Colorado

    This is not surprising, because the average American will not take the time to gather facts before following a particular party. I left the GOP because they no longer represent the interest of the American people. Big business is taking advantage of groups like the Tea Party as toadies while they continue to collect corporate welfare (and the Tea Party continues to push a dangerous political agenda). This idea to provide "Job Creators" with tax breaks that are not working is ridiculous. The failed policies of the GOP has had a lasting affect in America as we continue to suffer from poor leadership. The actions along by congress especially those in the GOP is a prime example of why Americans are suffering. "Party affiliation should not be more important than being an American" Even though the people in the 10 poorest states are suffering, you can rest assure that they will cast a vote not in favor of improvement, but that of party loyalty. Sad!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  276. J

    It says that stats are meaningless. California is the biggest blue state out there, and it has piled up absurd levels of debt and other financial hardships.

    Sure the average Californian's income is probably higher than some of the other states listed, but that's just a microcosm of the country as a whole, where a few small % own the vast majority of the wealth. The state as a whole is about to crumble financially.

    Maybe if Kentucky had as much prime beachfront property as Cali, they'd attract movie stars and such, to bring up the average.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  277. Sean in Canada

    I think low taxes and balanced budgets = less spending on welfare therefore putting more people below the poverty line.
    Good for the tax payer but hard on the poor.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  278. Angie, MD

    Unfortunately, many republicans, especially the poor and uneducated, are to ignorant to realize that the only people the Republicans look out for, besides themselves,are the wealthy, the Lobbyists, Big Business, Oil comp. etc. Republicans and Democrats alike should all be ashamed of themselves for the way they have behaved and their self-serving ways. They are an embarrassment to all of us. They are a disgrace and things need to change drasticly. We need to eliminate this two pary system, it has turned into a playground fight with a bunch of children,

    September 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  279. Carol - Chattanooga, Tn.

    I live in Tennessee and the bumper sticker I saw yesterday says it all – "I'll take my religion, my guns and my money, you can keep the change.'" The people who keep sending Republicans to Washington in Tennessee don't care about anything more than those three things. Do they care about jobs? Well, maybe, but not as much as they care about social issues. I don't know where they get their money, but I would guess that a lot of it comes from the government in the form of well fare. So much for smaller government. They continue to vote against themselves and don't even understand what you are talking about if you point that out. I think they must check their brains at the door – but not their guns. No, never those.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  280. JohnC

    Jack, I lived in VA all my 45 yrs. of life, it don't suprise me when it come to the Republicans and the state they represent. They never cared about the poor and never will. they get on TV and talk like they care about the poor and the welfare of their kids, but their kids don't go to public schools and don't know what its like to be poor in my opinion. If they have a plan to get the american people back to work, prove it and stop attacting President Obama for everything that he's trying to do. We need unity from both parties,how can we do for other countries and not take care of the American people. Poor is Poor, it does'nt care what color or race you are.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  281. Amy

    You're information about Red States being the poorest doesn't hold water. Athens, Georgia has just been designated as one of the poorest cities in the U. S. The University of Georgia and many other prominent businesses are located in Athens. Political parties has nothing to do with state by state poverty. It's location, location, location.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  282. Byron

    The culprit is the influence of Evangelism in Republican states and Democrats threaten to sever the connection of church and state. These churches rob their followers and coerce them into voting Republican regardless of economic outlook and poverty, but rather based on social issues such as abortion and homosexuality.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm |