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10 Differences between Conservative and Leftist Cities
David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | November 14, 2010 | Scott Spiegel

Posted on 11/14/2010 7:32:55 AM PST by HorowitzianConservative

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between conservative and leftist cities?  I'm not talking about the differences between skyscraper- and coffee-shop-heavy metropolises and old-fashioned small towns in middle America—I mean the differences between major U.S. cities that tend to lean right vs. left.

Well, Travel + Leisure Magazine just released their America’s Favorite Cities 2010 survey results, which score and rank 35 major U.S. cities by 10 categories and 54 subcategories. I decided to examine the extent to which a city’s general political affiliation—on a leftist to conservative spectrum—relates to their scores on the survey’s categories.

To determine cities’ political affiliation, I used a set of 2008 rankings provided by an environmentalist website called Sustain Lane. (Note: This was the best, most comprehensive and current source I could find, but I’m happy to redo my analyses if anyone can suggest better rankings.) Sustain Lane ranks cities by their mayors’ political affiliations and records in office, and the site’s analysis seems to have face validity. City rankings are listed below, from most leftist to most conservative:

1. Portland, OR 2. San Francisco 3. Seattle 4. Chicago 5. New York City 6. Boston 7. Minneapolis/St. Paul 8. Philadelphia 9. Baltimore 10. Denver 11. Austin 12. Washington, D.C. 13. Honolulu 14. Atlanta 15. Kansas City 16. San Diego 17. New Orleans 18. Los Angeles 19. Dallas/Fort Worth 20. Phoenix/Scottsdale 21. San Antonio 22. Miami 23. Houston 24. Nashville 25. Memphis 26. Las Vegas

On the following pages, I will report which city qualities were significantly related to political affiliation and in which direction.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsrealblog.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ideology; travel; vacation
A quirky analysis that Scott's conducted. I find it amusing.
1 posted on 11/14/2010 7:33:02 AM PST by HorowitzianConservative
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To: HorowitzianConservative
Easier to read link.
3 posted on 11/14/2010 7:37:19 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: HorowitzianConservative

I won’t read stuff from this website. TOO MANY MOUSE CLICKS. It’s annoying.


4 posted on 11/14/2010 7:40:53 AM PST by LiberConservative
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To: HorowitzianConservative

11. Foolproof, 100% reliable detector of any city being a Liberal Hell.
The presence of a “light rail” system.

Never fails. Ever.


5 posted on 11/14/2010 7:51:54 AM PST by William of Barsoom (In Omnia, Paratus)
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To: HorowitzianConservative

Las Vegas is “conservative?” And Houston, which now has a lesbian mayor?

I stopped reading right there.


6 posted on 11/14/2010 7:52:32 AM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: pnh102

One thing I noticed—people are pigs in Berkeley, won’t keep up their houses or property. Never saw such a thing but when they visit here—Kansas, they are pea green with envy at our huge houses and how we actually paint them regularly and keep up the yards. Berkeleyans were royally ticked that conservatives got to live in nice houses not understanding the relationship between keeping your houses up and having a nice house. “Oh my....we thought this was the fly over totally irrelevant zone and y’all slept with your aunts and uncles in the barn with the chickens.”

Tell you what, I was in a park in Berkeley with my little boy and my FIL and heard a weird sound and my FIL said “Haven’t you ever heard a chicken lay an egg before?” He taught at Pacific School of Theology and told tales of idiot students keeping cows in the storage units and other similar capers. Berkeley is full of idiot commies who don’t appear to bathe regularly but think they are smarter than the rest of us and ought to be able to dictate policy.


7 posted on 11/14/2010 7:52:45 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: William of Barsoom
Foolproof, 100% reliable detector of any city being a Liberal Hell. The presence of a “light rail” system.

Well, Dallas has one, and it's pretty lefty. Ft Worth is considering one, which is its death knell.

8 posted on 11/14/2010 7:54:08 AM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: fwdude
Yeah, Phoenix is much more conservative than Las Vegas (due to the latter's takeover by the SEIU in recent years), and probably deserves the #26 spot, based on my experience. Especially now that many of the illegals have been scared back to California. :)
9 posted on 11/14/2010 7:56:56 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: HorowitzianConservative

Las Vegas and Los Angeles are conservative cities? Vegas is Dingy Harry country, while LA turned “blue” when Mayor Sam Yorty was voted out in 1973 and has grown steadily “bluer” since.


10 posted on 11/14/2010 8:00:03 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: HorowitzianConservative

..here, I’ll do a quick rating for Baltimore for you

SCHOOLS...broken with a high drop out rate
TAXES...only 30% of the citizens pay ANY taxes
MEDICAL...their Shock Trauma hospital is renowned for it’s expertise in gunshot wounds.
GOVERNENCE....black Democrats legally siezed power decades ago....at all levels of city government.
CRIME....200+ murders a year
ILLEGITIMACY....70% born out of wedlock.
JUDICIAL...the state’s attorney’s office is so bad that it can’t get criminals to trial within 180 days of arraignment...so the court is required to release them.
POPULATION...65% black and that percentage is growing as whites are leaving.


11 posted on 11/14/2010 8:01:12 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: fwdude

Dallas used to be a Conservative city. It may still be more Conservative than some, but the influx of poor Hispanics and rich Californians is eventually going to turn Dallas into a cesspool. FW has the Bass family and they are holding the tide, but it’s not far behind.


12 posted on 11/14/2010 8:02:03 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: HorowitzianConservative

The leftist controlled states are the ones losing population overall.


13 posted on 11/14/2010 8:02:34 AM PST by jazminerose (o)
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To: HorowitzianConservative
Notable high-scoring conservative cities included Charleston, Savannah, and Santa Fe.

Santa Fe is conservative?

14 posted on 11/14/2010 8:10:15 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: STONEWALLS; HorowitzianConservative

And yes, in keeping with the HorowitzianConservative theory, Baltimore has a light rail.


15 posted on 11/14/2010 8:14:59 AM PST by Starboard
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To: HorowitzianConservative

“I make occasional reference to Charleston, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Santa Fe, and Savannah as conservative cities”

Ever been to Santa Fe? Thats quite an amazing assessment,,,


16 posted on 11/14/2010 8:26:03 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: HorowitzianConservative

Santa Fe is a conservative city? I thought it was a mecca for New Agers and other left-leaning eccentrics.


17 posted on 11/14/2010 8:28:11 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: yldstrk

I had to go to Berkeley the other day(which I dread),it actually smelled like human feces around the city.I’d rather smell cow manure than the likes of that place.


18 posted on 11/14/2010 8:32:50 AM PST by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: fwdude

St. Louis has one which goes from where nobody wants to live to where nobody wants to work.
It did however make work for a lot of consultants and then union construction guys for a few years.


19 posted on 11/14/2010 8:36:53 AM PST by steve8714 (Never again should free men be asked to fight for those without the courage to turn them loose.)
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To: GBA

Yeah, Santa Fe kinda took me by surprise too.
Maybe it was the police chief who frowned upon the police wearing bulletproof vests because it reveals that that officer intends to go use his gun.

Or maybe it’s the law about “electric pollution” to protect people with electric sensitivites from neighbors using wireless routers,
no wait,,i know, it’s the new CITY minimum wage they passed,,,
no no wait,, it’s because it’s the favorite American city of the North Koreans!
No,, i know,, it’s because it’s the focus of Anti-war in the southwest,,
or maybe cause it’s the largest concentration of lesbians between florida and portland.
Nooooo,,,ive got it,, it’s because of all the hollywood leftists who buy houses there!


20 posted on 11/14/2010 8:38:20 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: LiberConservative

Dude... click PRINT, STUPID!

It will save you the trouble of clicking thru multiple screens!


21 posted on 11/14/2010 8:41:55 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: DesertRhino; GBA

And I think Charleston has had a Democrat mayor since at least 1975. It’s an artsy enclave with all that entails.


22 posted on 11/14/2010 8:49:15 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: HorowitzianConservative
Conservatives DONT LIVE IN CITYS (basically)..
The larger the city the less conservative it is..
23 posted on 11/14/2010 9:04:34 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: fwdude

The MAX light rail in Portland has become a haven for gang-bangers. Stabbings, assaults are a near everday occurrence.


24 posted on 11/14/2010 9:06:05 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Starboard

There you go. Cleveland has had light rail since 1955.


25 posted on 11/14/2010 9:08:33 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: HorowitzianConservative

If you rank the Cities with the Highest taxes, the list may not change much???


26 posted on 11/14/2010 9:25:48 AM PST by Richbee ("The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of sociali)
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To: HorowitzianConservative

This article is a good example of the trend of city lists that really have little meaning. The classification of cities are conservative or liberal is rather stranded.

Memphis is considered “conservative” yet it has a modest light rail system. Nashville, which in almost anyone’ book would be conservative, has both a commuter rail line (the “Music City Star”) and a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line.


27 posted on 11/14/2010 9:36:11 AM PST by Dark Fired Tobacco
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To: fwdude
I didn't read past the list either. All lies! Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio all voted for White (D) for governor a few days ago. Dallas was always leftist but went far out left back in the 70s with their desegregation fiasco. Egads, Houston keeps voting in that loonytoon Sheila Don't-You-Know-Who-I-Am Jackson Lee. And San Antonio is a sanctuary city. San Antonio got so bad at one point 3 years ago that the police issued a statement that they'd lost downtown to the gangs.
28 posted on 11/14/2010 10:08:45 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: William of Barsoom

That’s not even the best part. This ‘light rail’ only services a very restricted section of austin, only has like 800 users per day, yet every taxpayer in the city is required to fund this boondoggle.


29 posted on 11/14/2010 10:13:49 AM PST by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: DesertRhino

Dyke capital of the US.


30 posted on 11/14/2010 10:34:54 AM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: steve8714

St. Louis has one (light rail) which goes from where nobody wants to live to where nobody wants to work.


A classic line and a truism from a Kansas Citian who fights every time Clay Chastain, the outsider from Texas, proposes a light rail line for KC.


31 posted on 11/14/2010 2:12:55 PM PST by CARTOUCHE
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To: HorowitzianConservative

How did San Diego get rated as “less conservative” than Los Angeles?

Guess the libs want to claim what has historically been one of the best cities in the US over the mess that is Los Angeles.


32 posted on 11/14/2010 2:22:26 PM PST by Mr Inviso (ACORN=Arrogant Condescending Obama Ruining Nation)
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To: yldstrk
Berkeley is full of idiot commies who don’t appear to bathe regularly but think they are smarter than the rest of us and ought to be able to dictate policy defecate publicly.

I must confess, I misread that the first time...

33 posted on 11/14/2010 4:42:40 PM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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