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Thu Sep 6, 2018, 07:44 AM

Shorter life expectancy linked to 2016 presidential election outcome

Biggest Republican gains were in counties with shorter life expectancies and greater increases in deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide

NEW YORK, NY (September 5, 2018)--Concerns about health and rising death rates may have helped tilt the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald J. Trump, according to an analysis of voting patterns and mortality rates in counties across the U.S.

Findings from the study, at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), were published online today in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

"Although life expectancy is increasing in many parts of the country, especially in urban areas, we're not seeing nearly the same gains in rural and middle America. We shouldn't underestimate the degree to which some portions of the country have been left behind in terms of their health. And it's not surprising that health disparities correspond with voting behavior," said study leader Lee Goldman, MD, MPH, the Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, and Chief Executive, Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Dr. Goldman and colleagues hypothesized that changes in health outlook may have affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. To test this hypothesis, they used publicly available data from each of the country's 3,112 counties to compare changes in presidential voting from 2008 to 2016 with changes in death rates. The analysis controlled for race/ethnicity, income, education, unemployment rates, health insurance rates, and other factors.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/cuim-sle082718.php

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Thu Sep 6, 2018, 07:53 AM

1. This is called



Shoveling Bullshit with both hands

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 8, 2018, 08:37 AM

2. I'm sure Leftist suicide rates went up when Trump was elected

There could be some truth to it.

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