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Old 09-07-2014, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Social Democrats are more likely to be liberal with local money but vote conservatively. half of the time. Social Republicans are more likely to be less liberal with local spending and vote a slightly less conservative ticket half of the time.

Conservatives that shed party politics can do a lot of good for a majority of residents in a very short order. Hot button topics erupt because the good ol' boys still want control and the good ol' girls aren't going to give it to them. .
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I believe you can make an argument for several places in New England - although since the early 1990s, the GOP has been marginalized enough to not really achieve the critical mass of true relevance. Perhaps the classic example of the "Socially liberal Republican vs. Socially conservative Democrat" would be the Weld vs. Silber race for Mass. governor in 1990, and I do not think the candidates strayed too far from the beliefs of major blocks of constituents. Bottom line, moderate or socially liberal Republicans do occasionally get elected to statewide office in New England, something that does not happen really anywhere else anymore.

Massachusetts, and metro Boston in particular, is one of the last breeding grounds for the critically endangered "moderate" Republican species, and I think you could write many an interesting (and/or horrifying) book on the social conservative nature of working-class Democratic voters there.
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:41 PM
 
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Pennsylvania has a lot of working class, socially conservative "Reagan Democrats."
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Massachusetts, and metro Boston in particular, is one of the last breeding grounds for the critically endangered "moderate" Republican species, and I think you could write many an interesting (and/or horrifying) book on the social conservative nature of working-class Democratic voters there.
Read an article on how Rhode Island has lots of conservative Democrats, and just few Republicans.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/up...abt=0002&abg=1

New England historically voted for parties along ethnic lines (Catholic = Democrat, Protestant = Republican). Sounds almost deep south-like how the conservative Democrats don't switch parties. Still, only a few states had a higher vote share for Obama.

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes...elastic-state/
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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AZ has a lot of pot smoking, atheist republicans and conservative, military, homophobic democrats.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:41 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Hot Bottom! LOL..... Freud would have a field day with that one!
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:39 PM
 
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I always wonder what the hardcore conservative Democrats think of Obama.
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Old 09-11-2014, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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There seems to be a lot of socially liberal Republicans in SoCal.
There's also a lot of socially conservative Democrats in the suburbs of Seattle.
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:37 AM
 
Location: New York
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Primarily Hispanic areas especially in South Texas, Arizona, California will tend be conservative on social issues while very liberal on economic issues. A lot of democratic representatives there do not support gay marriage/abortion. Further, as mentioned above, most inner city blacks while not necessarily conservative on social issues don't care as much as their liberal white counterparts. In, the Midwest especially, their are many rural whites and farmers who tend vote democratic on the basis of supporting education, unions, ect. To a much lesser extent, you can find these types throughout the plains states and into Montana.
I would take this argument a step further and say that a good majority of African-Americans are socially conservative Democrats. They vote along the lines of the Democratic party mainly for reasons such as: Obama being the first African-American President, Civil Rights Act of 1964, liberals tend to support abundant social welfare programs. Many tend to follow closely the beliefs of the church or closely held family traditions. This excludes: same-sex marriage, miscegenation, etc...
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:16 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Most suburban regions in the United States are like this.

the Suburbs are more moderate and diverse when it comes to political ideas, you have bleeding heart liberals happily living next to straight up redneck republicans.
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