>But... this forum is pretty much my view into the us ... and .. I've had to revise my perspective of yankee society... apparently they're much more redneck , right wing, gun totin and obsessed with bees than I ever realised
Yes, we are.
>In the US, the more liberal portion of society tends to live in the urban cities, and the bigger the city, the more liberal they tend to be. The less densely populated areas tend to be more conservative, both in lifestyle and politics.
Yes, I think that's probably the main difference. Urban vs Rural. I was up by Chicago for a few months building a Church back when I was living in Western Nebraska. The carpenters were discussing the last time they had been mugged... then the conversation wandered into guns. One of them actually knew someone who carried a gun in his truck. I laughed. They said, you probably have a gun rack in your truck and drive around with a rifle in it. I said I had never before been on a job site where guns didn't outnumber the workers at least four to one. Most have a high powered rifle, a .22, a shotgun and a pistol. They might take more if they were going hunting. Then they might pack a 10 gauge goose gun as well. All the carpenters I knew had a gun rack for their level and, of course, filled the rest out with other guns and those overflowed to behind the seat... The only time they weren't loaded was during deer season because the game warden would accuse you of "road hunting" otherwise. Many would have a .357 or a .44 on the dash of the truck in plain site.
This of course was shocking to these guys who lived near Chicago. But then I told them, not only have I never been mugged, but before today I'd never MET anyone who had been mugged...