Addicting Info decided to look into the 100 poorest counties in the U.S. to surmise whether it was Republicans or Democrats in government who were better for the country, in order to test the common conservative belief that areas like Detroit suffer the most because they are under liberal leadership.

While there is definitely an argument to be made that the income level of the county determines the ruling party instead of the other way around, the fact remains that those who believe it is poor “welfare queens” who vote Democrat and are the reason so many in the nation are poor and under-educated are certainly not looking at these numbers.

Here are the most interesting numbers that Addicting Info provided:

Texas, 17 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 57% Romney, 41% Obama

Kentucky, 16 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 61% Romney, 38% Obama*

Mississippi, 14 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 56% Romney, 44% Obama

South Dakota, 10 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 58% Romney, 40% Obama

Louisiana, 5 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 58% Romney, 41% Obama

Alabama, 4 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 61% Romney, 38% Obama

Georgia, 4 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 53% Romney, 45% Obama

Montana, 4 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 55% Romney, 42% Obama***

New Mexico, 4 of 100 poorest counties in America.
Voted in 2012: 43% Romney, 53% Obama*

All but New Mexico have a Republican majority in their state government.

You may want to save this list for the next time you quarrel with a conservative family member about which political party benefits our nation more. Or you can just offer them some eggnog.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com