Spatial concentration of Green support

Simon Jackman has posted graphs of the relationship between distance from the core of the capital city and support for the Green Party on first preferences, from the recent Australian election.

Not surprisingly, Green support is heavily urban. However, I might not have expected it to fall off as precipitously as it does in most states. There are a couple of cases where it ticks back up somewhat in the suburbs, such as Western Australia and New South Wales. Perhaps those who know Australia can explain.

One comment to Simon’s post says, “It really contrasts how different the inner city left is to the suburban left. I think it is almost impossible for a single party to appeal to both.”

I think it is becoming almost impossible for one party to represent these two constituencies in the USA as well (though here the potential Green base would not be exactly “inner-city,” due to differences in urban demography). Nonetheless, we Americans are still asked to pretend that one party can represent these different “lefts.”

On a related note, I’m still undecided on whether to vote Green or Brown with my non-transferable vote in just over two weeks’ time. And I’m really far from any urban core, out here where folks apparently really like their tea.

One thought on “Spatial concentration of Green support

  1. Let’s just say the Sixties were very good for Nimbin, Kuranda, and Broome. None of those areas are really large enough to make a difference in a federal electorate.

    The Nationals have had some success in defining Greens as exotic types from the city who want to shut down your mine or your farm and take your water. In at least one case, the Federal Division of Lyne on the NSW east coast north of Sydney, the sitting independent MP is an ex-National but has a considerably greener program than Labor. It may be that Green areas outside the city get snapped up by country independents.

    The Victorian and NSW elections are due in the near future and it will be interesting to see if the Greens can break out of the high income/high education inner city at either poll.

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