In the US, researchers have come up with a novel way of castigating President Donald Trump: comparing mortality rates with voting patterns shows that places where people tend to die young were more likely to have voted for him.
The voting changes from 2008 to 2016 in each of the country’s 3,112 counties were compared with death rates. This showed that counties with a net swing towards Trump in 2016 also had an average of 15% higher death rates.
The increase in death rates linked with alcohol, drugs, and suicide was also 2.5 times higher in places where there was a swing towards the Republicans.
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