Makeover Monday | Week 24 | 2019: Same-sex couples and sexual relations

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It’s Pride Month which offers a great opportunity to remind people that we’re not done yet when it comes to equality.

So it’s important to use our #MakeoverMonday platform also to highlight inequality, attitudes, opinions and perceptions. Because data visualization can be a conversation starter and can also be a trigger for participants to further explore a topic.

Here is the original viz:

What works well:

  • It’s a simple line chart broken down by age group.
  • It shows clearly that there is a positive trend with younger people leading the charge when it comes to being open-minded and accepting of differences in sexual orientation.
  • The axis labels are clear.
  • The colors work well.

What could be improved:

  • The spikes and changes in the lines should be annotated for explanation.
  • The aspect ratio of the chart should be 3:2 not square.
  • Labeling the ends of the lines would probably be better than a separate color legend.
  • The citations aren’t easy to read.
  • Adding a description of who was asked (i.e. what country were those people from?) would be good. It’s very common in my experience for US data sources to neglect this information and I will bite my tongue not to add my opinion here on that behaviour here.
  • Additional background information would be helpful to have.

What I did:

  • An annotated line chart, highlighting the developments that may have contributed to the changes in attitudes.
  • Using a 3:2 aspect ratio for the chart.
  • Adding a description to provide more information.

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