“How ’bout this heat?”
When Hoosiers run out of meaningful things to say, they resort to the weather. The familiar cliches at least give us something that—unlike politics—we can all agree on.
Except when we can’t. A recent climate survey sent to 10,000 Hoosier households by Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute revealed political divisions so entrenched that Indiana residents with differing party affiliations no longer even appear to agree about the weather.
A South Bend winter is nothing like an Evansville winter. But our Hoosier Life Survey showed that even residents of the same city view their local climate through red or blue lenses. Indianapolis Democrats, for example, were three times likelier than their Republican neighbors to report an increase in heavy rains. Indy Democrats were also more than twice as likely to report increasingly hot weather.