Editor’s note: Steve Frisch has posted a report titled “California’s Political Geography” on his Facebook page that draws some interesting conclusions, with maps, charts and analysis.
It brings to mind themes often raised here: how hard-right GOP ideologues — and their “my way or the highway” approach to politics — keeps the party from growing. This is an epidemic in our county. The local GOP Central Committee and its leaders ought to read it:
“California may tend to vote for Democratic presidential candidates, but many places around the state espouse views that fall to the right of the Democratic Party’s typical positions. In fact, only the Bay Area is home to extraordinarily large numbers of people who hold opinions associated with the Democratic Party,” according to a report from the Public Policy Institute of California.
“This could signal an opportunity for Republicans. Moderate Liberal and Conservative Liberal places contain half the state’s population and seem sympathetic to many conservative positions—yet they tend to support the Democratic Party. Still, altering this status quo could prove difficult. The small number of liberal Republicans in every part of the state implies that the party’s electoral coalition is ideologically solid—but that may also make the party resistant to expansion efforts. Only time will tell.”
The report is here.
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