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View Poll Results: What is the most liberal area in the USA?
Chicago 1 1.79%
NYC 5 8.93%
Boston 6 10.71%
Austin, TX 0 0%
Seattle 4 7.14%
Portland 6 10.71%
LA 2 3.57%
San Fransisco 28 50.00%
Washington DC proper 2 3.57%
Other (please specify) 2 3.57%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-24-2009, 11:31 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Another forum go-er asked what the most conservative part of the country was, so I was thinking, what is the most liberal? I was thinking the following places:

Seattle
Portland
San Fransisco
LA
Boston
NYC
Chicago
Austin, TX
Washington DC proper
Detroit


What do you think? Part of this is curiosity, part of this is if I ever have to move away from the Great Pacific NW, I want to stay blue.
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Its definitely SF and its surrounding Metro Area.

There are just layers and layers of liberalism to varying degrees.

Heck even in the Bay Area, we could make the case that Oakland, Berkeley and Santa Cruz are more liberal than The City.

Also, you take a look at metro areas around the country, there are at least some GOP congressional reps everywhere. NY, LA etc.

otoh, all 10 of the Congressional Reps in the Bay Area, from the most urban to the most rural are all Left leaning democrats.
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:02 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Judging from things I've read

Marlboro, Vermont or for bigger Burlington, Vermont
The Bay Area
Both Portlands (The one in Maine and the one in Oregon)
Ithaca, New York

For more beyond the Pacific Northwest these districts are represented by strongly liberal/progressive politicians

Hawaii's 2nd district - Currently represented by a non-practicing Buddhist and it's never been represented by a Republican. Hilo is one of the main cities.

Iowa's 2nd district - Contains Iowa City, which is said to be quite liberal.

Minnesota's 5th district - Contains Minneapolis, which is Democratic/liberal dominant.

New York's 19 - Once seen as Rockefeller Republican it is currently represented by Progressive caucus, and former member of the band "Orleans", John Hall. He co-wrote "Still the One." A picture of him topless on an album cover can be seen in the following.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...d_Dreaming.jpg

New England towns that strongly supported same-sex marriage (when the issue was voted on), Kerry, and Obama.

Hartford, Connecticut
Bar Harbor, Maine
Provincetown, Massachusetts
Hanover, New Hampshire
Norwich, Vermont
Providence, Rhode Island
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Florida
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San Francisco. All the areas surrounding SF are also highly liberal in addition to the city proper.

The liberalism there is also more extreme than is typically found in the rest of the country.

By magnitude and volume, SF bay area takes the cake.
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:26 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I wouldn't include Detroit in this discussion.

Is Detroit "blue"? Yes. It votes heavily democratic, partly due to the big union presence. But it's not socially liberal. Detroit isn't blazing any new trails on any social issues.
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Dixie's Sunny Shore
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Though SF would be a good pick, I went with Bawston.
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:37 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I wouldn't include Detroit in this discussion.

Is Detroit "blue"? Yes. It votes heavily democratic, partly due to the big union presence. But it's not socially liberal. Detroit isn't blazing any new trails on any social issues.
Is it blazing any new trails on economic issues? Like is it really into "living wage" or worker-owned business or micro-loans or something? Or does that matter?
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:37 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Is it blazing any new trails on economic issues?
Well, come to think of it... we ARE (as a state, Detroit included) blazing new trails when it comes to record high unemployment and economic failure in general. And we have some pretty liberal economic policies (pro-union, high business taxes, not a right-to-work state).

So, OK... socially liberal... no. Economically liberal... yes.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:40 AM
 
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Liberalism seems to flourish in places where the poor people aren't really all that poor, relatively speaking. Places like Vermont where "helping the poor" doesn't seem quite as monumental a task, and redistrubition of wealth comes from a relatively large % of the population, distributed toward a relatively small % of the population.

Socialist-type policies typically never get off the ground, in areas where 30% of the population lives below the poverty line. Liberalism/socialism is fundamentally a community-driven movement; from the perspective of someone who is a net producer in one of these poverty-stricken areas, the burdens of socialism are hugely disproportionate.

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Old 11-25-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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You forgot to add Minneapolis, an extremely blue city in a mostly blue state. Minneapolis is Wellstone country and proud of it.
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