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Old 04-12-2011, 12:10 AM
 
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Are the Portland suburbs liberal? What about Eugene, Corvallis, Ashland, they must be liberal right? Salem? Albany? Bend?
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:55 AM
 
Location: State of Jefferson coast
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Name all the Oregon cities with major universities and you'll have named all the liberal cities in the state.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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Are the Portland suburbs liberal? What about Eugene, Corvallis, Ashland, they must be liberal right? Salem? Albany? Bend?
Liberal compared to what, exactly? If you're looking for an area that's accepting of piercings and tattoos, for example, much of the state is liberal. If you're looking for cities where President Obama won by the widest margin in 2008, that narrows the field significantly.

Also, we're not particularly churchy here in Oregon. So if you're looking for a conservative city with high church attendance (i.e. asking your question because you want to avoid those heathen, non-church-going liberals), your choices are even slimmer.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Pluto's Home Town
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What Brenda said, except I would add that Ashland and Bend have a huge slugs of coastal Californian immigrants from the bubble, which kick up the liberal quotient quite a bit. Being a college, theater, hippy, and exurban immigrant mecca, Ashland gets a quadruple dose. Yet the last group kicked the prices up into the country club terrain. So, if you are looking for a rich liberal place, Ashland is your ticket. Affordable liberal? Sorry, you'll have to head to Butte, MT or Pittsburgh, PA...
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Compared to Texas, the whole state is bleeding heart liberal. Compared to NYC, the whole state is bleeding red conservative. Most Oregonians don't think nonsense distinctions like that make much sense.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:54 PM
 
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Portland, Corvallis, Eugene, Ashland, and to a lesser extent Bend. Other towns are either moderate, conservative, or too small to be worth mentioning.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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Most people don't realize how small most of the towns in Oregon actually are.

For example, there is only ONE city in Oregon with a population greater than 500,000.
There are only three with populations over 100,000.

From there, it's small towns, baby!

If you click below (another city data resource that nobody seems to be aware of) you can sort cities and towns by population and get all sorts of data about those places INCLUDING voting results.

//www.city-data.com/city/Oregon.html

The farther you are away from the "Big City", the more conservative you get.

Happy hunting!
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
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All great comments! I'll add that I think Eugene is more liberal than Corvallis. Albany seems pretty conservative to me.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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All great comments! I'll add that I think Eugene is more liberal than Corvallis. Albany seems pretty conservative to me.
I'm going to respectfully challenge you on this one, Yeti. I've lived in both, and I would say that between the two University campuses, UO is more liberal than OSU, but between the two cities Corvallis is more liberal than Eugene.

I think Eugene has a conservative core with a liberal outward appearance and Corvallis has a liberal core with a conservative outward appearance.
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
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I'm going to respectfully challenge you on this one, Yeti. I've lived in both, and I would say that between the two University campuses, UO is more liberal than OSU, but between the two cities Corvallis is more liberal than Eugene.

I think Eugene has a conservative core with a liberal outward appearance and Corvallis has a liberal core with a conservative outward appearance.
Fair enough. I've lived in Corvallis but not Eugene.
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