Gun Ownership and the Partisan Divide

Divisions in American politics can be defined by various factors, ranging from socio-economic status to stances on abortion. Yet, one factor seems to have created a clear divide between voters: gun ownership. Following the Las Vegas mass shooting, SurveyMonkey released their election exit poll data surrounding guns. According to a recent New York Times analysis of this data, in the last presidential election, households without guns voted for Clinton, while households with guns voted for Trump -- this was true in an overwhelming amount of states, the only exception being West Virginia. The clear division between voting results and views on gun ownership puts demographics into perspective, as well as the relationship between demographics and geography.

According to this analysis, non-whites, everyone but working-class whites, urban area residents, the unmarried, atheists or non-denominational, those who seldom or never attend church, and those with union members in their households voted for Clinton. Whites, working-class whites, rural area residents, the married, the Evangelical, the Protestant or Catholic, those who attend church at least once a week, and those without union members in their households voted for Trump.