Conceptually these two regions hold together on the basis of their uniquely liberal values The coasts are more liberal than the rest of the country on abortion rights stem-cell research doctor-assisted suicide premarital sex out of wedlock births and gambling Additionally coastal residents are more likely to have college degrees and to identify as politically liberal and less likely to approve of President Trump. Make accurate decisions to ensure long-term success. Gallup Alerts Get the latest data-driven delivered straight to. Rep Frank Ferri D-Warwick who lobbied for same-sex before becoming a lawmaker himself recalled that years ago he asked a sitting lawmaker if he would consider supporting same-sex "He said `I'll pour gasoline on my head and light myself on fire before that bill passes,"' Ferri recalled That has changed said Ferri who is Ferri said he hopes House Speaker Gordon Fox — who is — can marry him and his partner on Aug 1 the day the new law takes effect which also happens to be the couple's 32nd anniversary "Today a dream has come true," he said "No more hiding in the shadows No more being ashamed of who. Historians and ethnographers have made many attempts to define regional groupings that represent "the real America." Joel Garreau's 1981 book The Nine Nations of North America regrouped the states in the U.S into multiple power centers based on distinct cultural ethnic and geographic identities In 2011 Colin Woodard released American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Cultures in North America in which he maintains that there has never been "one America," but rather several rival blocs of Americas each a distinct nation that looks at elections and everything else in its own way Defining Regional Political Alliances in the U.S. The West/East Coast Alliance features a total of 16 states with dual power corridors: Los Angeles to San Francisco to Seattle and Washington D.C to New York to Boston This bicoastal alliance contains about 38% of the nation's population and 45% of Hillary Clinton's total national vote in 2016 with her winning 15 of the 16 states (and D.C.) by nearly 10 million more votes than Donald Trump The West/East coastal states also have the significant distinction of electing disproportionately more Democrats than Republicans to the U.S House of Representatives --114 Democratic Congressmen and only 52 Republican Congressmen Most importantly this merger of the West and East Coasts into a single super region provides a total of 203 Electoral College votes in the 2020 presidential election not far from the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the U.S presidency. Once consigned to the political fringe same-sex advocates succeeded this year thanks to a sprawling lobbying effort that included support from organized labor leaders religious clergy leaders including Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and hundreds of volunteers Their efforts overcame the opposition of the Catholic church and lawmakers including Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed who voted no but allowed the issue to come to a vote anyway Supporters framed the issue as one of civil rights arguing in daylong legislative hearings that and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and protections given to opposite-sex married couples The Catholic church was the most significant opponent with Bishop Thomas Tobin urging lawmakers to defeat what he called an "immoral and unnecessary" change to traditional law. Each of the three broad regions represents strong power centers cohered by general cultural and policy preference similarities The values orientation of each is seen in their responses to a number of values questions in Gallup polling The West/East is as liberal as the Heartland/New South is conservative while the Blue Collar Midwest is more conservative than liberal but in a few cases (especially gambling and ) lands in between the other two regions in its views Values and Policy Views of U.S Regions The potential rival to the West/East Coast Alliance would be a grouping of 24 states 21 of which Trump won in 2016 that can be described as the Heartland/New South Alliance This alliance brings together the American Heartland states centered on the Great Plains and the New South It is home to a powerful force of conservative populism -- an election-useful thematic of the "common man" usually expressed in elections as being against "big government," "big media," "big banks" and "big unions," to name a few Richard A Viguerie in his 1983 book The Establishment vs The People Is a New Populist Revolt On The Way? first defined this type of path which Trump later took in his 2016 election by pivoting to the "forgotten man" in his campaign rhetoric and railing against the "swamp" of special interests in Washington D.C. Democrats looking for a midterm message beyond opposing Donald Trump have a number of traditional Democratic issues to choose from Republicans' power issue with core Republicans is immigration. Bottom Line A major conclusion arising from this geopolitical division of the country is that we have two super power alliances in the West/East Coast and Heartland/New South that largely offset each other The Blue Collar Midwest tipped its support to Trump in 2016 and looks a lot like the Heartland/New South in its generally conservative values But it still tilts more Democratic than Republican in party ID and the majority of its states voted Democrat in 2008 and 2012 It is therefore not a sure bet for either party and should be considered the swing region that could decide the 2020 election. If the U.S is indeed a patchwork of separate populations each with its own historical roots and distinct values then we should expect them to differ in thought and behavior But there has always been a challenge in delineating these inner regions of America in a way that makes sense politically America today can arguably best be understood in terms of three super regions in turn based on five geographic regions as follows: The West/East Coast Alliance comprised of the West Coast and White Collar East Coast regions: West Coast: California Oregon Washington and Hawaii White Collar East Coast: Maine New Hampshire Vermont Massachusetts Connecticut New York New Jersey Pennsylvania Maryland and Delaware -- plus Virginia and the District of Columbia Providence R.I on Thursday became the nation's 10th state to allow and lesbian couples to wed as a 16-year effort to extend rights in this heavily Roman Catholic state ended with the triumphant cheers of hundreds of s lesbians their families and friends Gov Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law on the Statehouse steps Thursday evening following a final 56-15 vote in the House The first weddings will take place Aug 1 when the law takes effect "I've been waiting 32 years for this day and I never thought it would come in my lifetime," said Raymond Beausejour a 66-year-old North Providence man who has been with his partner for 32 years "For the first time in my life I feel welcome in my.

After Chafee signed the bill the hundreds of people who gathered on the Statehouse grounds erupted into cheers as a chorus sang "Chapel of Love." "Now at long last you are free to marry the person that you love," Chafee told the crowd The day was bittersweet for Deborah Tevyaw whose wife state corrections officer Pat Baker succumbed to lung cancer two years ago Months before she died Baker relying on an oxygen tank angrily told lawmakers it was unfair that Tevyaw wasn't considered her wife in despite their in Massachusetts "I'm ecstatic but sad she's not here to see this," Tevyaw said "I'm sure she's watching but she's not here next to me Before she died she told me `I started this and now I'm leaving it in your hands.' We worked hard for this There were petitions door knocking phone calls I think people decided `just let people. Manage your workforce through a dynamic online platform More from Gallup Read about the attitudes and behaviors of the world's 7 billion citizens. Search examine compare and export nearly a century of primary data. Drive high engagement and performance at your institution. On Thursday Tobin repeated his opposition writing in a letter to the state's Catholics that "homosexual acts are always sinful." "Catholics should examine their consciences very carefully before deciding whether or not to endorse same-sex relationships or attend same-sex ceremonies," Tobin wrote " To do so might harm their relationship with god." The legislation states that religious institutions may set their own rules regarding who is eligible to marry within the faith and specifies that no religious leader is obligated to officiate at any ceremony and no religious group is required to provide facilities or services related to a same-sex While ministers already cannot be forced to marry anyone the exemption helped assuage concerns from some lawmakers that clergy could face lawsuits for abiding by their religious convictions. Midterm elections are notoriously perilous for the president's party and Trump's approval rating only makes matters worse Can he produce another surprise? In the stunning outcome of the 2016 presidential election eight of 10 Blue Collar Midwest states voted for Trump This differs dramatically from the 2008 presidential election when John McCain carried only three of these states to Barack Obama's seven and lost this region by about 3 million votes In 2016 Trump received 1.5 million more votes than Clinton in Blue Collar America Even though there are fewer Electoral College votes in this region (114) than in the two super alliances there are enough to swing any presidential election to either the Republicans or the Democrats Political Indicators of Three Geopolitical Regions Traditional Census regions -- the Northeast Midwest South and West -- don't fully align with today's political divisions and the well-known red/blue state classification lacks geographic references A new scheme is needed that hews closer to the socio-political differences among the states while retaining enough geographic unity to qualify as a "geopolitical" framework or lens for making sense of the nation. Cbs Nation Tracker poll finds early 2 in 3 Americans think the nation's economy is in.

The Heartland/New South Alliance comprised of the American Heartland and New South regions: American Heartland: North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Texas Montana Arizona Colorado Idaho Wyoming Utah Nevada New Mexico Alaska New South: North Carolina South Carolina Georgia Tennessee Alabama Mississippi Arkansas Louisiana The Blue Collar Midwest: Ohio Michigan Indiana Illinois Wisconsin Minnesota Iowa Missouri West Virginia and Kentucky And here is the visual representation: Boost performance by maximizing what your employees. This may explain why the Heartland/New South regional alliance gave Trump over 5.5 million more votes than Clinton as well as 44% of his total national vote and that it sends 124 Republican representatives to Congress versus only 47 Democrats It provides 221 Electoral College votes for the 2020 presidential election -- a number that like the coasts is also close to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency In terms of issue positions the Heartland and New South share more conservative tendencies on most of the values-based issues compared with the more liberal West and East coastal regions ##SPEEDBUMP## The Blue Collar Midwest as National Tie-Breaker These two super regions -- the West/East Coast Alliance and the Heartland/New South Alliance -- tend to balance each other out in presidential elections which leaves the third and final region the Blue Collar Midwest as the region that can tip the balance of politics one way or the other This single region located between the Ohio River the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes is noted for concentrations of "working class" Americans and at one time was designated as the "Rust Belt," but is no longer This region is also a strategic center not so much of finance media and government but of manufacturing and natural resources. Under the new law civil unions will no longer be available to same-sex couples as of Aug 1 though the state would continue to recognize existing civil unions Lawmakers approved civil unions two years ago though few couples have sought them Delaware could be the next state to approve same-sex Legislation legalizing same-sex has narrowly passed the Delaware House and now awaits a vote in the state Senate Advocates in say that while they're proud the state is the 10th to legalize same-sex they expect other states to follow quickly as support for same-sex grows around the country According to a November Gallup poll 53 percent of Americans support giving and lesbian couples the right to marry up from 27 percent. Geopolitics is defined as the interrelationship of politics economics demographics and geography and can influence not only elections but delineate new political power centers and political strategies Regional groupings of states that are organized around cultural and demographic similarities as well as geography can provide important ways of approaching U.S politics U.S politics today are characterized by deep partisan divides on cultural and political issues The Cook Political Report recently said that "across the country we're seeing a political division -- some say the greatest since Reconstruction" with "seismic shifts not just Republicans on one side and Democrats on the other … but on a geographic level." J Gallup https://. /opinion/polling-matters/235838/new-regional-paradigm-following- Gallup World Headquarters 901 F Street Washington D.C 20001 U.S.A +1 .3030 Co-Writer Mark Salter talks about the themes of the latest memoir by the 81-year-old Arizona senator who has been diagnosed with brain cancer Subscribe to receive weekly Gallup alerts Never miss our latest insights. Copyright © 2018 CBS Interactive rights reserved.

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