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cboy4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-18-09 09:45 PM
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The most conservative and liberal cities in California
By Phillip Reese
preese@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, May. 11, 2009 - 7:43 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 17, 2009 - 11:39 pm

Just before an election, the Secretary of State's Office releases lots of voter registration data. With an election coming up Tuesday, this season's data dump seems like a perfect excuse for a fun look at which cities are the most politically polarized.

The ground rules: To figure out the most conservative cities, we looked for the places with the lowest percentage of voters registered Democrat; for the most liberal, those with the lowest percentage of Republicans. To keep small numbers from masquerading as big trends, we excluded cities with fewer than 5,000 registered voters.

A few pretty obvious patterns emerge from these lists: The more conservative cities tend to be in Southern California; the more liberal, in the north.

The liberal cities, with a few notable exceptions, (hello, Marin County!) are blue collar and home to a high proportion of minorities.



#1: Berkeley (Alameda)
Registered Voters: 80,285
Republicans: 3,610
Percentage of Voters Registered Republican: 4.5%
Fun Facts: Are you really surprised?

Photo Credit: Randall Benton

The conservative cities tend to be wealthy. Really wealthy.


#2: Newport Beach (Orange)
Registered Voters: 63,573
Democrats: 13,951
Percentage of Voters Registered Democrat: 21.9%
Fun Facts: The largest city on the list, it is one of the wealthiest cities in America.

Photo Credit: Flickr user TravOC under a Creative Commons license. No sales.

And it's easier in California to find a city with few Republicans than with few Democrats.

The complete list with photos------------------> http://www.sacbee.com/1098/story/1853135.html
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-18-09 10:48 PM
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1. Sonoma very liberal
not very working class. retirees from the SF area and professionals less than 10K people.
Palm Springs the only city in riversideco with a pot outlet, only city in Riverside to reject propH8
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mackerel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-19-09 01:29 AM
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2. Only one Norcal for Reps in the top 10
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BeeBee Donating Member (480 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-28-09 10:22 AM
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5. Santa Rosa and all of Sonoma County are very liberal...
Hell, Lynne Woolsey's our rep!
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-26-09 10:58 PM
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3.  Palos Verdes, Coronado
Riverside, Palos Verdes, Coronado, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, Yorba Linda, San Marino, Newport Beach, Canyon Lake (riverside county)

Wealthy:
Palos Verdes, Coronado, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Marino, Newport Beach, Canyon Lake

FIgures.
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BeeBee Donating Member (480 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-28-09 10:19 AM
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4. Delete
Edited on Thu May-28-09 10:20 AM by BeeBee
posted to wrong place...
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Dramarama Donating Member (544 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-28-09 04:48 PM
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6. The Rep. areas seem to have low populations too
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-18-09 02:05 AM
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7. Fascinating article. Thanks for posting it.
Thanks.
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mp9200 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 01:56 AM
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8. Temecula is Republican
And that's why it's crap
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discocrisco01 Donating Member (524 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 07:58 AM
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9. Mission Viejo
As a whole, South Orange County is the king area for being a Republican in the OC. The only winning a Dem can win down there is to be a Blue-Dog and can pull strings with the Christian right. One can be progressive, but they need to talk the language of fiscal responsibility and strong family values.
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krabigirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 06:37 PM
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10. Yeah, it's all a bunch of BS, though. At least Irvine often elects Dems.
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beck47 Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-05-09 09:21 PM
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11. What no Redding?
A lot of Fox News loving WalMarters
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mackerel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 12:19 AM
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12. Last time I was in Redding was about 3 years ago and
I was surprised to see how much it has grown. Real boomtown.
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