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Old 06-14-2011, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Eldorado at Santa Fe, NM
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Hi everyone. I've been reading up on St. Pete for the last few days, but have a question. Politically speaking, is St. Petersburg more liberal or conservative? Or is it a pretty good mix of both? Are a lot of people politically minded and outspoken, or is it more of a kickback and whatever floats your boat attitude?
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:51 AM
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Hi everyone. I've been reading up on St. Pete for the last few days, but have a question. Politically speaking, is St. Petersburg more liberal or conservative? Or is it a pretty good mix of both? Are a lot of people politically minded and outspoken, or is it more of a kickback and whatever floats your boat attitude?
I don't want to generalize for all of St. Pete because the neighborhoods can be quite different. But where I live (Old NE neighborhood), we've got transplants from every corner of North America, so there's no real political definition. And we're kind of a sleepy town with a beach vacation vibe; way too laid back to be outspoken. I'm sure things will get somewhat politically charged with the election next year, but I assume less so than most cities.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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Well St. Petersburg tends to be left of center. South St. Petersburg, which is mostly African American is very liberal and votes for democratic candidates 65%+ most of the time. Northeast St.Petersburg has a mix of old money Republicans, who help fundraise for the GOP and young liberals. The urbanization of St. Pete is causing more liberally prone people to move in.

Although, St. Pete has a Republican mayor since 2001. But the mayoral office is considered NPA so the candidates party isn't listed on the ballot. St. Petersburg as a city, voted for Obama in 2008.
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:42 PM
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Northeast St.Petersburg has a mix of old money Republicans, who help fundraise for the GOP and young liberals. The urbanization of St. Pete is causing more liberally prone people to move in.
Nah, it's a much broader mix than that. I don't fall into either category, and neither does anyone on my block. Don't get me wrong, we have GOP fundraisers and young liberals in the neighborhood. But we also have young republicans, old money liberals, ex-hippies, tea partiers, and everything in between. It's a nice melting pot, and I'm pretty sure that as long as alcohol prices remain stable, things will remain laid back....

I agree on urbanization, though. I'm told that only a few years ago downtown was completely dead; today it's a legit (and in many ways preferable) alternative to Tampa for many of us younger folks. And now northeast St. Pete is getting younger, seemingly accelerated by the housing market decline, and younger usually means more liberal. Given how many strollers get pushed around, I expect schools will be a hot issue in the near future.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:46 PM
 
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Mixed.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Eldorado at Santa Fe, NM
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Thank you for the replies. Sounds like pretty much what I expected.
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Well St. Petersburg tends to be left of center. South St. Petersburg, which is mostly African American is very liberal and votes for democratic candidates 65%+ most of the time.
South St. Pete votes Democratic overwhelmingly, but I wouldn't necessarily equate that with being liberal. Black voters usually vote Democrat, but that is mostly due to fiscal liberalism; black communities remain rather socially conservative.

Fun fact: South St. Pete is actually in Florida's 11th congressional district, making it an exclave of a district that includes most of the City of Tampa and the coastal areas of the East Bay.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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It's a mix, like most have said. Overall, it seems to fall a bit to the left.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:07 AM
 
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I am interested in moving to the St. Pete area. I currently live in Philadelphia and I absolutely hate it here. My question is: what is the racial climate there? Whenever I read posts about the area, I hear people talking about the crime rate in mostly black St. Pete's. I am a middle-aged professional woman and not a criminal, but many people assume that since you are black, you are on welfare, stupid, and violent. I get sick of this kind of mentality. I know there is racism everywhere, but I want to move to a place where it's minimal.

I always hear about how racist the South is, but there are many racist people here. I've experienced plenty of racism from WHITE NORTHERNERS during my 53 years. For example, just the other day, my sister and I were in her car, driving down the street, and some idiot yells out the dreaded "n" word. We were just two middle-aged women minding our own business. It kind of put a cloud over the whole day, and this isn't the first time some shyt like this has happened here. I want to be judged as an individual, not by the color of my skin. Like I said, I've experienced plenty of racism in my life from whites, but I don't hate all white people.

I really can't wait to get out of here!
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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I am interested in moving to the St. Pete area. I currently live in Philadelphia and I absolutely hate it here. My question is: what is the racial climate there? Whenever I read posts about the area, I hear people talking about the crime rate in mostly black St. Pete's. I am a middle-aged professional woman and not a criminal, but many people assume that since you are black, you are on welfare, stupid, and violent. I get sick of this kind of mentality. I know there is racism everywhere, but I want to move to a place where it's minimal.

I always hear about how racist the South is, but there are many racist people here. I've experienced plenty of racism from WHITE NORTHERNERS during my 53 years. For example, just the other day, my sister and I were in her car, driving down the street, and some idiot yells out the dreaded "n" word. We were just two middle-aged women minding our own business. It kind of put a cloud over the whole day, and this isn't the first time some shyt like this has happened here. I want to be judged as an individual, not by the color of my skin. Like I said, I've experienced plenty of racism in my life from whites, but I don't hate all white people.

I really can't wait to get out of here!
St. Petersburg isn't really racist at all, but the city is divided along race. African Americans make up the majority of the population south of Central Ave. and there is a mix of white and others north of Central Ave.

Crime is more rampant South St. Pete than in the North, but you should be fine wherever you move. St. Pete is an inviting place.
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