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Study: Republican states have higher murder rates than Democrat counterparts

A new study from the center-left think tank Third Way has found murder rates are actually higher in states controlled by Republicans.

The study states that in 2020, per capita murder rates were 40% higher in states won by Donald Trump than those won by Joe Biden. It goes onto say that 8 of the 10 states with the highest murder rates in 2020 voted for the Republican presidential nominee in every election this century.

The study also unearthed states where Biden won which have a high crime rate such as New Mexico and Georgia, which are 7th and 8th respectively. States such as Idaho and Utah who voted for Trump have low murder rates.

Few large cities are governed by Republicans – only 26 of the 100 largest U.S. cities have Republican mayors – but cities that do have Republican mayors do not have lower murder rates than similarly sized Democratic-led cities, the study found.

“They are among the poorest states in our union,” Jennifer Ortiz, a professor of criminology at Indiana University Southeast, told Yahoo News. “They have among the highest rates of child poverty. They are among the least-educated states. They are among the states with the highest levels of substance abuse. All of those factors contribute to people engaging in criminal behavior.”

“I thought that was a very good study,” Richard Rosenfeld, a professor of criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and former president of the American Society of Criminology, told Yahoo News about the Third Way report.

“In Republican states, states with Republican governors, crime rates tend to be higher. I’m not certain that’s related to the fact that the governor is a Republican, but it’s a fact nonetheless.”

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE DISPATCH

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