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Old Today, 05:26 AM
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Baltimore City. That's a hard NO. These people are just oblivious. They are honest-to-God more concerned about the "rise of white supremacy" than the rampant crime, homelessness, filth and any other quality of life issue you can think of. I used to be middle-of-the road politically, until I moved here. These people are truly insane.
My sister and her family live in Baltimore and they are exactly as you describe. Real "bash the fash" types who are aggressively leftist and see white supremacy everywhere. The most common yard sign you'll see in their neighborhood is the "hate has no home here" sign. I think it's a cultural thing as much as it's political. I've been to parties at her house and her friends and neighbors are great people, really friendly, but at some point during the night politics will come up and you see a completely different side of them. It's just part of their social scene. Anyone who disagrees with them even a little is going to be weeded out quickly or learn to keep their mouths shut.

I've learned to just not talk politics with them, or to give the most noncommittal answers if I can't keep away from the topic. Going to be visiting them soon for almost a week. I look forward to it and love spending time with them but I hope nothing happens this weekend in Portland or it's going to be tough to stay away from talking about it, and I'm not going to feel free to give my real opinion by any means.

Oh and to keep directly to the topic, I live in a very purple state and city(in New England so we're surrounded by blue) and see an equal amount of Trump and Bernie/Hillary yard signs and bumper stickers. A few people even wear MAGA hats but not many. Seems about an equal mix and most of us don't tend to talk politics.

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Old Today, 05:58 AM
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I think both sides are a train wreck and that the entire 2016 election was the result of a drunken bet made during a super secret tryst between the RNC and DNC leaders. Most of my neighbors voted for either Trump or Hillary. Some of them are still good neighbors, though.
That's funny, I always felt the same way about Obama's election. Instead of RNC and DNC leaders though I pictured it as media moguls getting together and talking about how much influence they had over the nation. "I bet we could even get them to elect a black guy named Hussein" as the room erupts in laughter.
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Old Today, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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That's funny, I always felt the same way about Obama's election. Instead of RNC and DNC leaders though I pictured it as media moguls getting together and talking about how much influence they had over the nation. "I bet we could even get them to elect a black guy named Hussein" as the room erupts in laughter.
I looked at Obama’s election as a warning that Idiocracy was becoming a documentary. 2016 was confirmation that it already has.
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Old Today, 06:32 AM
 
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I suspect some do agree and I suspect some don't.
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Old Today, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Politics never comes up in the brief conversations i have with my neighbors. So, i don't really know, nor do i really care. Seems to me, this would be a quick way to create vindictive neighbors.
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Old Today, 06:48 AM
 
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I looked at Obama’s election as a warning that Idiocracy was becoming a documentary. 2016 was confirmation that it already has.
Right, because Harvard Trained Lawyers and Constitutional Scholars vs. Reality TV Real Estate Con man....we KNOW the Harvard Man is going to not know things....
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Old Today, 06:50 AM
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This is a question I am curious about. Do most people live in a place where others agree with them politically? On the basis of either voter registration by political party and/or political party electoral dominance, do you share the political values of people in your town, county, and state? Does it impact how much or little you like where you live?

I'll start off. My username was created a few years back when I thought I would live in New Jersey forever, now I am not sure as I am trying to secure better employment. This is related, as I blame socialism for the lack of a good job market in New Jersey. New Jersey has almost 1 million more registered Democrats than Republicans, no Republican presidential candidate has carried our state since 1988, no Republican has been elected to the U.S. Senate from our state since 1972, and all but one of our Congressional districts and a majority of our State Legislature is controlled by Democrats. We currently have a Democratic Governor, but do elect Republicans every so often to that office. I spent most of my life in a solidly Republican county and community, though recently moved to a county that is trending blue though has historically been Republican.

I don't think politics impacts my appreciation and love for New Jersey's culture, food, history, charming towns, and beautiful suburban and rural landscape, but I do disagree with the misguided priorities of Democrats who would rather spend money on building a wind farm off our coast than improving our roads. I think the fact that my home county is solidly Republican made me love it more, but that's because at the county level taxes were kept lower than in neighboring Democratic counties and the county features great parks and county roads that are well-maintained by New Jersey standards. I was never a big fan of my hometown but that had more to do with the local social scene than politics.
The county we live in voted for Trump yes but as far as my neighbors neighbors I have no idea. I have only really met one guy who weirdly drives an expensive Tesla and lives on a rough dirt road...boomer type so could go either way..I try mostly to stay to myself.
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Old Today, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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We don’t know everyone’s politics, but there are websites where it lists political affiliations, so I know many of my neighbors share my political slant. Even though our aldermen and mayor are non partisan, I know they also share my politics too.

Strangely, all our friends seem to be the same politically, too, even though we don’t really ever discuss it. It is almost like we give off Democrat or Republican pheromones and can smell each other.
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Old Today, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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Why yes, I do. My neighbors are all adults, work for a living, have earned what they have, don't steal from others. And are pretty universally right-leaning. Not a real surprise.
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Old Today, 07:01 AM
 
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My sister and her family live in Baltimore and they are exactly as you describe. Real "bash the fash" types who are aggressively leftist and see white supremacy everywhere. The most common yard sign you'll see in their neighborhood is the "hate has no home here" sign. I think it's a cultural thing as much as it's political. I've been to parties at her house and her friends and neighbors are great people, really friendly, but at some point during the night politics will come up and you see a completely different side of them. It's just part of their social scene. Anyone who disagrees with them even a little is going to be weeded out quickly or learn to keep their mouths shut.

I've learned to just not talk politics with them, or to give the most noncommittal answers if I can't keep away from the topic. Going to be visiting them soon for almost a week. I look forward to it and love spending time with them but I hope nothing happens this weekend in Portland or it's going to be tough to stay away from talking about it, and I'm not going to feel free to give my real opinion by any means.

Oh and to keep directly to the topic, I live in a very purple state and city(in New England so we're surrounded by blue) and see an equal amount of Trump and Bernie/Hillary yard signs and bumper stickers. A few people even wear MAGA hats but not many. Seems about an equal mix and most of us don't tend to talk politics.
Yeah, that sign is everywhere. It's virtue signaling, that's all. My immediate next door neighbor is a little different, she has a good old-fashioned peace symbol hanging on her door.


My neighbors are nice enough, but they just don't understand that their voting booth decisions have a direct correlation to the quality of life issues they bemoan (crime, panhandlers, rats, high taxes, poor infrastructure, etc.)


Oh well, I'm trying to leave and move to Florida. Early retirement for me. This place isn't getting any better unfortunately.
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