August 12, 2005

Seattle: 16th Most Liberal City

Looking for (or to avoid) a city that's a deep shade of indigo? Then a new list of 237 American cities ranked from most liberal to most conservative will come in handy. According to the Seattle Times article above, Seattle only came in 16th, though that still puts us ahead of New York and Boston.

From the article, here are the poles of the spectrum, the crusts of the loaf, if you will, from both ends:

Most liberal: Detroit; Gary, Ind.; Berkeley, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Oakland, Calif. ...

Most conservative: Provo, Utah; Lubbock, Texas, Abilene, Texas, Hialeah, Fla., Plano, Texas.

Looking over some of the rankings though, it's an interesting patchwork even looking here in the vicinity of the 16th most liberal city in the country. Nearby Tacoma only made the 96th most liberal city, and Bellevue (which is due East of Seattle, just across the lake) ranked 99th.

From comments, Richard Pope supplied a link to the full study. [.doc]

Posted by natasha at August 12, 2005 01:34 AM | WA News & Trivia | TrackBack(2) | Technorati links |

Here is the link to the full study:

Validity is hard to gauge. Jackson, Mississippi is listed TWICE -- 46th most liberal and 47th most liberal (192nd and 191st on conservative list).

Bellevue, Seattle and Tacoma each show 0.00% liberal and 0.00% conservative votes (see Appendix 1 on pages 31 to 36 of the study).

Posted by: Richard Pope at August 12, 2005 04:24 AM

Thanks for including that link. I did a half-buttock Google search for the name of the polling company and didn't find anything, gave up and decided to get some sleep.

Posted by: natasha at August 12, 2005 12:34 PM

Over four out of five voters in King County voted to send our beloved Congressman McDurmott back to Washington DC on November 2nd 2004. That speaks more about Seattle political disposition than some damn list.

Posted by: Jake of at August 12, 2005 02:08 PM

Their methodology is highly suspect, and some of their results are WAY off. For example, they have the City of Dallas voting 75.05% for Kerry and 24.95% for Bush!

However, the City of Dallas actually only voted 57.75% Kerry (200,854) to 42.25% Bush (146,952). Source -- figures complied by Tom Blackwell, major Democrat activist in Dallas.

Posted by: Richard Pope at August 12, 2005 06:25 PM

Ha! Kansas City (KS and MO are next to each other) are 60/61 -- most would find that surprising.

Posted by: Scorpio at August 13, 2005 10:31 AM