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As someone who has Lived in: Boston, Tampa, Atlanta, Pitt, BFE Western NY, Jacksonville, BFE Pennsylvania, In-laws in Kansas, and visted Sourthern WV every year ( family is from there )
And I an tell you very much, that Urban American, and Non-Urban America is different. And Non-urban America has a lot more in common than you think no matter what parts they live in.
Not shocking at all, the differnce stems from people living far away from one another with land, and those who live close to one another. The denser the population the more communal the philosophy.
I sat in my father's kitchen in Maine, and listened to one of his neighbors tell me how San Francisco was littered with 'fags, and queers' and how we were all a bunch of socialist-democrats who want to tax everyone to death. He then admitted that he had never been to California. So I told him to ShuthuhFUKup.
This country is as vast in opinion as it is in area, anyone who has been across it will tell you as much. I've been everywhere, driven across this country twice, up and down it countless times. And one thing I can tell you for CERTAIN is ....
There is no singularity or 'general thought' there is no such thing as an average american.
But that isn't really accurate. I live "Within" the Jacksonville city limits, but we are as far can be from downtown and we are in suburibia. I don't consider where I live Urban living, but that statistic does.
Also, I made a clear distinction between NYC and other major cities. Most other smaller cities have a small percentage of people who LIVE in the city, they all travel in, and leave at night. Where as NYC many never even leave the city limits for years.
The 'burbs get lots of the benefits of the cities, and lots of the problems. They're usually not considered rural or small-town.
Rural and small-town America is, however, this locus of nostalgia for many living in that 80% chunk in urban/suburban America. Nostaglia in general is an important draw for the conservative movement, based on the notion that we are trying to conserve things. The Progressive movement is based on the notion that we are trying to make progress.
There is a rural lifestyle out there, but it is over-represented by dint of nostalgia, and by states' rights (the one-city populations of Alaska or Wyoming are as important some ways as the country-sized California or New York.)
So look at any electoral map. The more red, the more rural; the more blue, the more urban.
Suburban Jacksonville isn't Green Acres, but the electoral outcomes may line up with the outcomes desired by rural populations.