Project description

This project explored how the vote for religious parties had increased in 5 elections in Costa Rica. The idea came after a traditional party allied with conservative groups in Congress to elect a deputy from an evangelical party in the presidency of Congress. This was the first time in Costa Rica’s political history, an evangelical pastor occupied this seat.
Analysing the historic results, we discovered in 5 elections the vote for this parties had tripled, mainly in the coastal areas. We also talked to former deputies from religious parties, and pastors that had run for mayors. Finally we analysed how Liberación Nacional – the most traditional party in the country- had allied with the evangelicals in Congress since they started being elected in 1998, giving them key position in the Congress board. 10 months after this publication, an evangelical party won the first round of Costa Rica’s elections, a historic result in the political history of the country.

What makes this project innovative?

The project is a piece of political context, that tried to explain visually a surprising result in Costa Rica’s politics. It shows using interactive storytelling, how the vote had increased across the country, in which areas these parties had the biggest support and their political alliances with a traditional party. It was the first time an analysis showed a trend in the vote for this groups, which turn out to be a decisive political organization that was going to shift the country’s politics in 2018.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

We used chartbeat and Google Analytics to measure the visitation. The investigation had 7156 views, and an average time on site of 5:22 minutes.

Source and methodology

For the historic results, we used electoral data of 5 elections from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and analysed it using RStudio. We also used a database of religious associations created by PROLADES and interviewed former deputies from religious parties, and pastors that had run for mayors.

Technologies Used

For data analysis and maps we used RStudio. We also used HTML, Javascript, CSS, Jquery and JSON.

Project members

Journalist and data analysis: Camila Salazar. Editor: Hassel Fallas. Design: Pablo Robles. Programmer: Bryan Gutiérrez

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