Graphing Tools


The graphing tools available at Dimpled Chad enable users to view line graphs of the relative size and electoral behavior of a wide range of groups.

Choices must be made from among each of the available options.

1) Select a time frame from the pull-down menu entitled Year. The user can select all years in which information is available (the default) or just presidential or midterm years.

2) Select a characteristic from the pull-down menu entitled Citizen Characteristic. This will retrieve information differentiated by responses to a single question. If “All” is selected (the default), each of the response categories for the question will be individually graphed. Users can view graphs illustrating only one of the categories by simply choosing one of the response options in the pull-down menu from the choices provided beneath the “All” option.

To view graphs with combinations of different Citizen Characteristics, press the Add Characteristic button and make further selections. This will retrieve a graph including only the subset of respondents exhibiting the first characteristic chosen who exhibit the second characteristic. If “All” respondents to the first characteristic are chosen, it will display a graph of the subset of respondents exhibiting this second characteristic for each of the first characteristic’s categories.

3) Select an option from the pull-down menu entitled Behavior.

“Voting-Age Citizens” will retrieve a graph of the percentage of voting-age citizens in the Census survey exhibiting the Citizen Characteristic(s) selected above.

“Voter Registration” will retrieve a graph of the share of voting-age citizens exhibiting the Citizen Characteristic(s) selected above that report they are registered to vote in the Census survey.

“Voter Turnout” will retrieve a graph of the share of voting-age citizens exhibiting the Citizen Characteristic(s) selected above that report they voted in the Census survey.

The share of respondents in the respective surveys demonstrating this behavior will comprise the vertical Y-axis. To prevent the graph from being visually misleading, we extend the vertical Y-axis at least 10 points above the maximum value and at least 10 points below the minimum value.

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