Mpls one of America's most liberal cities, and St. Paul not too far behind, study says

Categories: How We Live, Lists
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If looking west in this photo correlated with liberalness, then what you see here would be a visual depiction of where Minnesota's two largest cities rank on the lefty scale.
A study put together by political scientists Chris Tausanovitch from UCAL and Christopher Warshaw from MIT aggregated public opinion polls to determine which large American cities are the most liberal and which are the most conservative.

Their research indicates Minneapolis is one of the pinkest cities in the country. That probably shouldn't come as a surprise. But would you believe St. Paul is also pretty far to the left on the spectrum?

See also:
Minnesota among most chill states, study says

Here, via the Economist, is a chart of the 15 most liberal cities with populations of 250,000 or more (the further to the left the blue dot, the more liberal the city):

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Minneapolis ranks as the sixth most liberal city; St. Paul clocks in at 13th.

On the other end, the most conservative large city in the country is Mesa, Arizona, with Oklahoma City, Virginia Beach, Colorado Springs, and Jacksonville rounding out the top five.

We're not sure what's more unexpected -- that St. Paul is right on Portland's heels, or that Minneapolis somehow ranks behind Washington, D.C. in terms of liberalness. Perhaps it's just one more thing we can blame on Obama.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.




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Adam Harmon
Adam Harmon

Left or Right....Minneapolis kicks butt! I dig my town...

Todd Blowers
Todd Blowers

Ryan they did quit watchin Fox and wake up

Bradley T. Smith
Bradley T. Smith

Too bad today's "liberals" have nothing to do with liberty.

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

Not suprised. San Francisco of the north!

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

Casey Weber, you are fairly ignorant. Wyoming, for example, has a liberal governor. My point, in bringing up VT is that even folks in farm land are liberal. VT and California produce more dairy than any other state. Farmers are, on a whole, liberal. DFL. What do you suppose that stands for?

Hunter Warne
Hunter Warne

This is a joke. Having lived all over the country, imo Minnesota is one of the most prude and restrictive places I've lived. And I'm from here. But we have way too many laws aka no liquor store on Sunday, no buying cars on Sunday, no drinking in public (ooo the horror of having some beer at the beach! Better alert SWAT) slow highway speed limits, just to name a few, that the rest of the country laughs at us for. This article is BS.

Dave Kjellberg
Dave Kjellberg

Wanna know what's wrong with the demoncrat party? Lily Ann votes for them. Start there.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

I don't remember telling you I was a liberal, Jennifer so maybe take your assumptions with your pom poms. Goooo sadface!

Kris Holiday
Kris Holiday

Except my generalization is pretty accurate. A majority of conservatives live in sparsely populated areas.

Jennifer Strahan
Jennifer Strahan

Lily, get with the times like a true liberal and learn that the word "retarded" is a slur. You're not sticking up for anyone when you use it and your ignorance is showing.

Casey Weber
Casey Weber

As well as going to a "world wide peace" event on her page. Again, Lily stinks of hypocrisy.

Jennifer Strahan
Jennifer Strahan

Lily also advocates telling people to move when they don't like the political climate of their home. An anti-democracy Democrat?

Casey Weber
Casey Weber

I think the mentally retarded would be more insulted by being grouped with the liberals.....

Casey Weber
Casey Weber

If you were a tree, she would surely be hugging you......

Casey Weber
Casey Weber

Nope. Spent lots of time in The Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming though. Too far from the major cities for the Libs to move out to.

Casey Weber
Casey Weber

Yep. Because conservatives are the only folks that throw out wide generalizations. Hell, the reason I replied to this comment was due to a generalization that all that live outside the metro, or "where people aren't" are conservative. Or that all churches are unsafe. Do you even understand your own blatant hypocrisy in what you said?

Brenda Slavik
Brenda Slavik

The third (unknown at the time) reason I left, behind the bugs and the weather.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

I doubt it talking like that or you have learned nothing from them.

Jenna Miller
Jenna Miller

Legalize pot !!! :) so much safer than booze

Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan

Why the surprise about St Paul's liberalism CP? It's the Capitol of Mn, a "blue" state and right next to mighty Mpls. It's as if in some people's minds Mpls is this shining beacon of modern progressive culture that endures it's stodgy, old broken down neighbor St Paul. Give me a break. Our cities aren't nearly as divided as people here like to think.

Keith Morris
Keith Morris

Liberal "for America" in some ways yes, some ways no. For anyone who thinks MPLS is too liberal: you need to get out more: try western or northern Europe and get back to me.Not so surprising then in that context, but Detroit more liberal than Portland? Detroit is a city conservatively clinging it's long gone days as "The Motor City". They should have adopted policies resulting in a city mirroring something like Amsterdam across the board to attract residents, but instead think they're in the 60s/70s/80s with the policies to match. The liberals of Detroit are in no way more liberal than those of Portland: something wrong with their methodology is throwing the results way off, but good enough that the usual suspects are still represented.

Kevin Christopher
Kevin Christopher

Because the liquor lobby has its hands in both sides' pockets.

Danny McCusker
Danny McCusker

At least they haven't tried to infringe on 2nd amendment rights like New York or Chicago.

Jason Argiro
Jason Argiro

It's in the works... holdover from a more restrictive era -- most young people know that religion is pure b.s.

Jason Argiro
Jason Argiro

Live it and love it! Way to go Minneapolis, Minnesota

Colleen Ferguson
Colleen Ferguson

Sadly no. I do like the libertarian pro pot comments but that isn't

Andy Schuler
Andy Schuler

Maybe when I can purchase the cannabis of my choice without being prosecuted.

MisterÇharleş O'Donnell
MisterÇharleş O'Donnell

As I work in this freedom of expression, see many unemployed, schizophrenic, and many who have meaningless relationships, then wonder why? I'm uncertain if that is something people should feel pride in or empathy for a cycle of degeneration, continuing their suffering? Furthering an apathy that hardens and then devours what you were, then pitying those that have it still, as if it was something unsavory. Seems delusional?

Dave Kjellberg
Dave Kjellberg

Lily. Is that pic of you from 40 years ago? I'm just curious.

Shaun Mason
Shaun Mason

You got me... I meant to say Democrat is the new Republican. [edit for spelling]

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Want to know what's wrong with the Republifuck Party? They're a bunch of racist, homophobic, xenophobic assholes who are willing to take down the country to "get that black man out of the White House." But that's probably why Dave K votes for them. Don't you have any busloads of YMCA kids to mistakenly harass today Dave? 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Yes, because liberals are the ones constantly trying to cut funding for programs that help care for the disabled in this country. Oh wait - that's your asshole party.  P.S. Your pals cut funding for the VA (while creating tens of thousands of more vets in your fucked-up wars) and look what happened there. THINK about that, if you can. 

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