Florida residents who likely voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election were up to 11 percent less likely to evacuate their homes over 2017’s Hurricane Irma than those who likely voted for Hilary Clinton, according to a study. An estimated 45 percent of people in Florida included in the study who likely voted Clinton evacuated their homes, versus 34 percent of Trump voters, the paper published in the journal Science Advances found. The team believes the influence of so-called “hurricane skepticism” among high profile conservative figures may have contributed to an apparent reluctance to evacuate. The researchers used GPS data from 2.7 million smartphone users in Florida and Texas to estimate the date and time that individuals evacuated their homes for at least 24 hours, if at all, around the time of Hurricane Irma and others of the 2017 season, including Harvey. They also looked at 2016 U.S. presidential election results at a precinct level. Newsweek subscription offers > The authors compared the behaviors of likely Clinton and Trump voters living within 150 meters of one another. They also looked at dismissals of hurricane advisories in conservative media, and whether these may have affected whether people evacuated their… Read full this story
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