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Old 02-16-2017, 05:50 PM
 
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"Slightly conservative" is fine.

Voting for the dangerous buffoon Trump? Please move on.
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Old 02-16-2017, 08:08 PM
 
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If you're concerned about politics, just avoid the isthmus, and anywhere within a mile or two of campus. That should generally keep you out of the areas that vote 90-95+% Democrats, have professional protestors, and where dissent is not tolerated (everyone has the right to free speech ... unless we disagree with you!).

Dane County overall is 70-75% Democrats (or further "left"). There are no conservative areas, although the occasional township or small village will favor a Republican candidate. Some of the suburbs are more liberal than others ... for example, Fitchburg and Middleton are more liberal than Waunakee, but even Waunakee is still 60% Democrats. However, you're going to find a lot more moderates, on both sides of the aisle, than you would in the core of the metro. Many of the outlying neighborhoods that are still in the City of Madison proper are going to be similar.

If looking at election results in the area is important in your search, then go here:
https://www.countyofdane.com/election/results.aspx

Happy hunting.
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:15 AM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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If you're concerned about politics, just avoid the isthmus, and anywhere within a mile or two of campus. That should generally keep you out of the areas that vote 90-95+% Democrats, have professional protestors, and where dissent is not tolerated (everyone has the right to free speech ... unless we disagree with you!).

Dane County overall is 70-75% Democrats (or further "left"). There are no conservative areas, although the occasional township or small village will favor a Republican candidate. Some of the suburbs are more liberal than others ... for example, Fitchburg and Middleton are more liberal than Waunakee, but even Waunakee is still 60% Democrats. However, you're going to find a lot more moderates, on both sides of the aisle, than you would in the core of the metro. Many of the outlying neighborhoods that are still in the City of Madison proper are going to be similar.

If looking at election results in the area is important in your search, then go here:
https://www.countyofdane.com/election/results.aspx

Happy hunting.
Most democrats are fairly conservative.
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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Most of the US is not that socially liberal we are a very religious nation of mostly protestant faiths. Other than the East and West Coast cities and a few other progressive places America is very socially conservative.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:14 AM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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Most of the US is not that socially liberal we are a very religious nation of mostly protestant faiths. Other than the East and West Coast cities and a few other progressive places America is very socially conservative.
True, and even many of those coastal cities are fairly conservative. Boston is rather stodgy and puritanical in many ways.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:58 AM
 
Location: WI
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quite frankly i could really care less what viewpoint a neighbor or community may have; if it is the place I want to (or need to) live in. Whether its been all my years in this area, or the 6 yrs i recently spent down in SC; both my family and friends have members that are on both sides of any discussion. Often far to one side or the other. It can make for some interesting discussions at times lol but nothing that affects my way of life.

I may not agree with what a conversation is about, but i can either participate in it or walk away, my choice. And for any with more extreme viewpoints on either side, well those folks can live anywhere in this country so its kinda tough to insulate against that....

just my .02
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:14 PM
 
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I guess I should have mentioned how we lived in the SF Bay area and Portland before moving back to Chicago and had a pretty tough time living in both places. For example, our neighbor in Portland asked us over to a barbecue they were having and we told them that we would be running late as we had a church function, lets just say they were pretty distant after that. Another time I was out with a couple of co workers and they were going on about McCain and I wasn't taking part in the conversation, they noticed confronted me about why I was quiet, and I said that I kind of liked McCain and didn't want to talk politics, I wasn't invited out with them after that. I guess we have had some issues with liberal cities in the past and don't want to make the same mistake again as we plan for this to be our final move. We just want to move somewhere where even if you say you lean one way, people won't ostracize you because of it. As I have said before, we generally try not to talk politics and believe that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. After our friends telling us about some stories about some liberals in Madison, we got worried. We even have considered looking at places such as Lake Mills, Johnson Creek, Jefferson, Cambridge, Stoughton, Oregon, Deerfield, Cottage Grove and Fort Atkinson. We just want to make sure that we are making the right choice.
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Old 02-18-2017, 05:30 AM
 
Location: WI
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OP, if i may make one suggestion (and maybe this is your plan) when relocating it would be to rent the first year. The housing market is still very competitive up here in many areas and you've already mentioned concerns you have. So find a couple spots that are in areas you all may like that are convenient for work and give it a try by renting. This allows you time to see what you like and dislike about the neighborhood and residents, locale, etc.
If you like it then look for a home to purchase and if not then you have the ability to look elsewhere without trying to deal with a home sale at the same time.
Anyhow just a thought
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Old 02-18-2017, 03:01 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Madison brands itself as super liberal, but it's really not liberal. It's Wisconsin liberal, like Austin is Texas liberal. Neither Austin or Madison would turn heads in California; it's that they're liberal compared to what they're surrounded by.
Agree!
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Old 02-20-2017, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Verona, WI
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I will also add that with the presence of the State Capitol and the major state university, Madison and even its surrounding areas can all be politically stressful places to live at times, especially during election cycles. You may live in a quieter suburb, but end up working around people who cannot stop talking about politics or vice versa. Despite how educated the area is, many people can still be overly emotional about their political preferences and judgmental about others without considering the validity of opposing viewpoints. The WI governorship tends to swing back and forth between Republican and Democrat every few years, which just adds to the political excitement. Devoted worship of flawed political parties and individual candidates is a real thing here.

Fortunately there are plenty of normal people living here, and it is possible to find them. The suggestion to rent first is a good one, as that will give you time to get a much better feel for the Madison area before settling in. Coming from the Chicago suburbs, you should be able to acclimate to the Madison area just fine.
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