In recent years it has become customary to categorize Florida residents by “red” and “blue” voting patterns. Magnus has taken this analysis one step further by examining the views of jury eligible citizens in these two types of counties. Our analysis yielded the following results:
• As expected, jurors in red counties were more likely to identify themselves as politically conservative and jurors in blue counties were more likely to identify themselves as politically liberal.
• Although jurors in both red and blue counties indicate a tendency to give the benefit of the doubt to the defendant in a civil lawsuit, jurors in blue counties were less likely to do so than jurors in red counties.
• There were no statistically significant differences between jurors in red and blue counties in terms of their money orientation, with about half of the jurors indicating they are “tight with money” and half identifying themselves as “free spenders”.
The conclusion we draw from these results is that, although there are regional differences in jurors’ general attitudes, individual differences must be considered in their relationship to verdict.