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Old 05-19-2009, 03:12 PM
 
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The Sac Bee today posted their list of the most left-leaning or right-leaning cities in California.
Slideshow: The ten most politically left-leaning and right-leaning cities in California - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

The method was to look at cities with the lowest percentage of registered Republicans or Democrats. They only looked at cities with more than 5,000 registered voters.

Of course the problem with their method is that 20% of California voters are registered as Decline-to-State, meaning they don't belong to any party. And they did not consider the 4% who belong to the small parties like Greens.

Still an interesting list though.

Most right-leaning (lowest percentage of Democrats)
1. Canyon Lake (Riverside County)
2. Newport Beach (Orange County)
3. San Marino (Los Angeles County)
4. Yorba Linda (Orange County)
5. San Clemente (Orange County)
6. Rancho Santa Margarita (Orange County)
7. Coronado (San Diego County)
8. Ridgecrest (Kern County)
9. Palos Verdes Estates (Los Angeles County)
10. Temecula (Riverside County)

Most left-leaning (lowest percentage of Republicans)
1. Berkeley (Alameda County)
2. Oakland (Alameda County)
3. Emeryville (Alameda County)
4. Inglewood (Los Angeles County)
5. Albany (Alameda County)
6. Richmond (Contra Costa County)
7. Fairfax (Marin County)
8. San Pablo (Contra Costa County)
9. Compton (Los Angeles County)
10. San Francisco (San Francisco County)
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:01 PM
 
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Default interesting.

it's interesting that none of the central valley cities/counties are listed. i would think that those would be labeled republican.

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The Sac Bee today posted their list of the most left-leaning or right-leaning cities in California.
Slideshow: The ten most politically left-leaning and right-leaning cities in California - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

The method was to look at cities with the lowest percentage of registered Republicans or Democrats. They only looked at cities with more than 5,000 registered voters.

Of course the problem with their method is that 20% of California voters are registered as Decline-to-State, meaning they don't belong to any party. And they did not consider the 4% who belong to the small parties like Greens.

Still an interesting list though.

Most right-leaning (lowest percentage of Democrats)
1. Canyon Lake (Riverside County)
2. Newport Beach (Orange County)
3. San Marino (Los Angeles County)
4. Yorba Linda (Orange County)
5. San Clemente (Orange County)
6. Rancho Santa Margarita (Orange County)
7. Coronado (San Diego County)
8. Ridgecrest (Kern County)
9. Palos Verdes Estates (Los Angeles County)
10. Temecula (Riverside County)

Most left-leaning (lowest percentage of Republicans)
1. Berkeley (Alameda County)
2. Oakland (Alameda County)
3. Emeryville (Alameda County)
4. Inglewood (Los Angeles County)
5. Albany (Alameda County)
6. Richmond (Contra Costa County)
7. Fairfax (Marin County)
8. San Pablo (Contra Costa County)
9. Compton (Los Angeles County)
10. San Francisco (San Francisco County)
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:08 PM
 
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it's interesting that none of the central valley cities/counties are listed. i would think that those would be labeled republican.
Actually Central Valley counties split more evenly, which surprises most people. The Central Valley as a whole is a little more in the center compared to other areas.

For example, party registration in Fresno County is:
Democrats 40.22%
Republicans 42.33%
Decline to State 11.22%
Other parties 6.23%
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ror/...-09/county.pdf

Now of course some cities are more liberal or conservative than others and people can be conservative Democrats or more liberal Republicans.

But in terms of the counties, the Central Valley registers as a more even split than people realize.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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it's interesting that none of the central valley cities/counties are listed. i would think that those would be labeled republican.
I was thinking the same thing.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA
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Most left-leaning (lowest percentage of Republicans)
1. Berkeley (Alameda County)
2. Oakland (Alameda County)
3. Emeryville (Alameda County)
5. Albany (Alameda County)
6. Richmond (Contra Costa County)
8. San Pablo (Contra Costa County)
Go 5-1-0!

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Old 05-19-2009, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Where you have a high black population you''ll have alot of liberals.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Democrat does not equate to liberal. Minority democrats can be more socially conservative, the Prop 8 vote kind of reflected that, especially with blacks.

This is just a list of cities with the highest registrations of both parties and says little about how the people in those cities vote and what they actually value and believe in. People read way too much into these simplified lists.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Democrat does not equate to liberal. Minority democrats can be more socially conservative, the Prop 8 vote kind of reflected that, especially with blacks.
And Central Valley Democrats can be more like Texas Democrats than those from coastal CA, like Jim Costa or former Congressman Gary Condit.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:38 PM
 
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it's interesting that none of the central valley cities/counties are listed. i would think that those would be labeled republican.
Or northern California which I think also would be more republican
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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As I said, yes the list has its problems with the methodology.

For example lets look at San Francisco. It was #10 on left-leaning with only 9.4% of the voters registered Republicans.

But when we look at the full actual numbers it looks like this:
Republicans 9.4%
Democrats 56.7%

So where are the other 1/3 of San Francisco voters?

Well only 1.97% belong to the Greens.

But 29.3% of San Francisco is Decline to State. That doesn't really tell us much about them. Are they left of center, right of center, extreme liberal, extreme conservative, etc. Are they turned off by political parties, feel unrepresented by the parties in San Francisco, etc.

But its still interesting and fun to look at the list though.
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