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Old 11-11-2008, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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Is Lafayette conservative or a liberal city. What makes it this way? Do women still wear suits in the workplace and is it a Yuppie type of town? In other words is it a snooty place where people have lots of money and throw it around?
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Old 11-11-2008, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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There are small sections of the city that have money but not like NYC, LA, or Boston. The area has a strong Roman Catholic tradition but also has other Christian religions as well as a Jewish and Islamic places of worship. People here do give to charity but we'd rather it not be done through taxes. Political party isn't as important as values. There are plenty of hunters, fishermen, ranchers, and farmers around who will not willingly give up their guns if the government tries to take them. Many people here are religious even if they don't go to church every week. We'll listen to our priest or minister but we'll make up our own minds. The area seems to be mostly conservatives but we do have pockets of liberals.
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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There are small sections of the city that have money but not like NYC, LA, or Boston. The area has a strong Roman Catholic tradition but also has other Christian religions as well as a Jewish and Islamic places of worship. People here do give to charity but we'd rather it not be done through taxes. Political party isn't as important as values. There are plenty of hunters, fishermen, ranchers, and farmers around who will not willingly give up their guns if the government tries to take them. Many people here are religious even if they don't go to church every week. We'll listen to our priest or minister but we'll make up our own minds. The area seems to be mostly conservatives but we do have pockets of liberals.
Well said, sailordave. Alas, we have a larger pocket of liberals here in B.R. who want you to surrender your personal freedoms.
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Is Lafayette conservative or a liberal city. What makes it this way? Do women still wear suits in the workplace and is it a Yuppie type of town? In other words is it a snooty place where people have lots of money and throw it around?
Conservative, and its politics were shaped by the fact that the oil industry has a presence here.
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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Well guess we can all see how it shakes out when Mr. O comes into power. In my area people are hoarding and buying up guns because they feel those rights will be some of the first to go along with everything they have worked for in his "share the wealth" philosophy.
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Old 11-21-2008, 05:28 PM
 
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Snooty place.... most surely River Ranch. This sounds corny, but it changes lives for the worst. It's a huge abomination to Lafayette... but I guess economic development is important.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:28 PM
 
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I lived there in the 80's. Compared to Louisiana as a whole (exclusive of New Orleans): Liberal; Compared to the US in general: Conservative. Maybe it has changed to more conservative???
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Louisiana
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Lafayette Parish went 65% for McCain in the election and 34% for Obama. In national elections, the Lafayette area tends to vote Republican.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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I lived there in the 80's. Compared to Louisiana as a whole (exclusive of New Orleans): Liberal; Compared to the US in general: Conservative. Maybe it has changed to more conservative???
In the 80s, the oil bust hit Lafayette hard. Still, it voted for Reagan and Bush.
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