In fact, a dozen or more states can be characterized in most elections as swing states, which might be more appropriately shaded in purple.
The data is seven years old As we noted, the data is for 2005.
Erlbaum said he was inspired to create the graphic after watching a presidential debate scene from the television show The West Wing, in which fictional Democratic President Jed Bartlet needles his Republican opponent, the governor of Florida, for seeming to diminish the importance of federal funds that his state receives.
Erlbaum said he created the graphic "for fun" in October 2008, just before Barack Obama won the presidency.
We checked with the Tax Foundation to see whether the data was legitimate and confirmed that it is.
Spokesman Richard Morrison said that the chart uses 2005 data that was published in 2007. But we see two reasons for caution when using this chart. The graphic defines Republican states as those "that have voted Republican in a previous presidential election." Because the data is from 2005, that means states that voted for George W.
At the top of the list: California and Texas, the notoriously conservative state--and Georgia, which rounded out the top five. have climbed to a record 4.8 million, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center earlier this year.
Further down, Alabama takes the number 15 spot, despite having legalized miscegenation as late as 2000. Experts there point to the steady flow of new Asian and Hispanic immigrants, which has expanded the pool of prospective spouses.
Many GOP-leaning states get more in federal funding than they contribute in federal taxes.Others say that conservative's interest in dating interracially has been there all along."As a black conservative, I posit that the media has a vested interest in portraying all conservatives as racists and all liberals as open-minded when in my experience, that is not the truth," said Laura Noble, 46, a black woman who lives in Virginia, the 8th state on Interracial Dating.com's list."Because of the high deficit spending we’re seeing at the federal level, it’s likely that every state is currently receiving more in federal spending than its population paid in federal income taxes," the Tax Foundation's Morrison said.We tracked down the creator of the graphic, Jesse Erlbaum.