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Old 11-06-2011, 09:53 AM
 
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Cincinnati - Despite the presence of major Fortune 500 headquarters, the city itself is definitely left leaning (it hasn't had a Republican mayor in decades and is home to two universities). The suburbs, however, are very conservative - particularly the northern and eastern burbs. Warren County, just north of Cincinnati, is the definition of wealthy Republican. Once the presidential race gets going full bore, all the GOP candidates will beat a weekly path to Warren County.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:13 AM
 
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Dallas has had one Republican mayor in recent history.

The city of Dallas is very blue. The burbs are very red. No different from most cities. The obvious exceptions being parts of the west coast and north east.

The city of Detroit has had continuous Democratic mayors since at least 1961. Just shows how much good they did for the city.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:42 PM
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The other poster was right: Mesa, Peoria & Gilbert, AZ are on the top lists of conservative. People will stilll say it's libertarian, but it's shifting right every year...
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:49 PM
 
Location: San Leandro
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Suburban Placer County is extremely conservative for california and el dorado county is too, its alot different than sacto county
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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Cincinnati - Despite the presence of major Fortune 500 headquarters, the city itself is definitely left leaning (it hasn't had a Republican mayor in decades and is home to two universities). The suburbs, however, are very conservative - particularly the northern and eastern burbs. Warren County, just north of Cincinnati, is the definition of wealthy Republican. Once the presidential race gets going full bore, all the GOP candidates will beat a weekly path to Warren County.
This is very true. A good chunk of the north central suburbs I would describe as moderate (Colerain, Springfield Twp, Forest Park, Springdale, etc). Everything else is very conservative.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:32 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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Something I've noticed-the newer and faster-growing the suburb is, the more conservative Republican it is, generally speaking. The older and more established, the more moderate the suburb is.

A good example of this is the Twin Cities region in Minnesota. The older inner suburbs are very 50/50, the middle-ring suburbs are moderately Republican, and the newer outer suburbs and exurbs are strongly Republican.

I think this pattern has to do with the way suburbs develop. The younger, newer suburbs attract people who like to live far from the city, but not in the countryside per se...they want low taxes, a high rate of business growth, and they embrace conservative cultural values, being very protective of the families they raise.

Once a suburb becomes more established and slows down in its rate of growth, however, its population becomes more interested in education, access to health care, good infrastructure, etc. They moderate on the cultural issues, are more supportive of government spending, and become more urban and cosmopolitan in their overall outlook.

People sort themselves out across geographic and political lines for far more reasons than these, and basically that sorting is not nearly so simple as suburban vs urban or black vs white or family vs singles. You cna find suburbs right next to each other that have radically different political values, and cheek-by-cheek city neighborhoods that do too. Best study of this thing I ever saw was by Bill Bishop in 2004, called The Big Sort.

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Old 11-09-2011, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Muncie, IN
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Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oh wait, even the center cores are pretty socially conservative. Exclude student population of OU and maybe a few other universities, it's socially conservative. There is a small pocket of rationalism and education making it a little more socially liberal on campus and immediate surroundjng area, but not much. Even on campus like at Uni of Oklahoma, it is pretty socially conservative but not nearly as much as suburbia Oklahoma.
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