This week Resurgent Republic released the results of their most recent poll of the American electorate, and TargetPoint is proud to have once again helped visualize their data in their Independent Congress microsite.
In their surveys, Resurgent Republic uses a unique question construct, in which respondents are offered a choice between two anonymous members of Congress, one distinctly liberal and the other a conservative foil. Survey after survey and question after question, Independent voters – the barometers of American public opinion – consistently sided with the member of Congress espousing conservative political positions.
Our challenge was to find a meaningful, and compelling way to visualize this powerful, but ultimately rather abstract, finding.
What if, we thought, independents ran Congress? If we had a chamber filled with independent minded voters and they were determining the law of the land, what would that law look like? What would the ideological tilt of an independent congress be - conservative or liberal?
The visualization we ended up with translates the survey results among Independents into a congressional vote of 435 members, arrayed in a semi-circular collection of colored circles (red=conservative and blue=liberal), each representing a voting member of the House of Representatives.
You can see one of the questions visualized below, or check out the full site here: An Independent Congress.