A lot of politics is about values.
general, people who work for themselves or work for small family
businesses tend to put more trust in themselves and those around them to
Reliance on those close to you and not the government is line with the conservative political philosophy.
if you live in a small town such as Hahira, Arlington, Reidsville, or Baxley, you are more likely to know the people
around you. You are more likely to have trust and faith in your local
community. This enhances the feeling of self-reliance, and lessens the
perceived need to put faith in government.
If you live in a large
city like Macon, Albany, Augusta, Atlanta everything is much more interconnected. Government becomes much
more important. You see yourself as one of a large mass of people. You
are more likely to be working for a large corporation. Because
you see yourself as more interconnected, you're more likely to align
with the political philosophy that is more about putting trust in a
large institution to help mediate all these different ways in which this
large group of people is interconnected. You're thus more likely to be
inclined to vote with Democratic Party because it sees government as a
mediator in this respect.
There is a perception by those in rural
areas like for instance, say Ellaville that welfare and government spending that favors the poor happens
in big cities and so does not benefit them. There is a perception in
the rural community that Democrats do not value hard work and favor
handouts. Democrats would counter that social safety nets are necessary.
Regardless, in rural communities like Fitzgerald, Taliaferro, Lexington, issues like homelessness and the
daily interaction with the effects of social safety nets are less
In terms of smaller issues, rural Georgia (and America) is where
coal, oil and gas can be found, and people near those resources depend
on those industries for employment and so tend to have a different take
on environmentalism and natural resources.
Beyond that people are
more likely to hunt in rural areas and favor gun rights. They are also
more likely to be religious and thus more likely to be pro-life.
point is that if you're LGBT, you probably won't find too many others
who are LGBT in your small rural town, so you're more likely to move a
big city. If you're LGBT, you're likely to care a lot about LGBT rights,
and that may lead you to vote Democrat, all else being equal. This
movement leaves those remaining in rural areas more conservative as they
have lost members of their community that would otherwise be more
Some cities have a greater percentage of African
American residents than the rest of the state does, an ethnic group
that tends to vote Democrat. In rural areas, the percentages are often
reversed, which increases the likelihood that a given rural area is more
Beyond a sense of interconnectedness, cities also
have more people living in extreme poverty who are dependent on
government services, a group that tends to vote Democrat. Because people
in this predicament are less likely to be found in rural areas, they
are comparably more conservative.
Further, young people often
move to big cities after growing up in a small town or rural area. It
can be a natural progression — especially if they go to college. Younger
people tend to vote Democrat. The result is that rural areas can have
fewer younger people who would otherwise vote Democrat and can be more
conservative as a result of that. In turn, rural areas are much older, conservative and less diverse than a major metropolitan area.
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