Wednesday, August 17, 2005

red vs. blue, black vs. white

an organization named the Bay Area Center for Voting Research has released a study of the most liberal and conservative cities in the country. looking at the voting patterns of 237 US cities with population of 100,000 or more, they then ranked them on liberal and conservative scales. the findings are somewhat surprising: the country is not divided into blue versus red states - its essentially black versus white:

BACVR researchers found a direct correlation between a city’s political ideology and its racial makeup. “The great political divide in America today is not red vs. blue, north vs. south, costal vs. interior or even rich vs. poor – it is now clearly black vs. white,” says Phil Reiff, a BACVR director.
the list of most liberal cities:

  1. Detroit Michigan
  2. Gary Indiana
  3. Berkeley California
  4. Washington, D.C. Dist. of Columbia
  5. Oakland California
  6. Inglewood California
  7. Newark New Jersey
  8. Cambridge Massachusetts
  9. San Francisco California
  10. Flint Michigan
  11. Cleveland Ohio
  12. Hartford Connecticut
  13. Paterson New Jersey
  14. Baltimore Maryland
  15. New Haven Connecticut
  16. Seattle Washington
  17. Chicago Illinois
  18. Philadelphia Pennsylvania
  19. Birmingham Alabama
  20. St. Louis Missouri
  21. New York New York
  22. Providence Rhode Island
  23. Minneapolis Minnesota
  24. Boston Massachusetts
  25. Buffalo New York

the most conservative? who gives a fuck. they're mostly in texas anyway.
ok, here's the complete list: http://www.votingresearch.org

and if you must know, LA is number 37 on the list of most liberal.

2 Comments:

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

I'm surprised how many of the top 20 conservatives are in California: Bakersfield (8), Orange(10), Escondido (11), Garden Grove (17), Simi Valley (18)and Corona (19). That's more than the liberals, who only have three: Berkeley (3), Inglewood (8) and San Fransisco (12).

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger A. said...

Well, Charlie, now you will understand how California could have elected Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Ronald Reagan. This state is and always has been far more conservative than people realize.
PS- Oakland is a liberal CA city, too.

 

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