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Why is Washington D.C. the most democratic place in the country?

Discussion in 'The War Room' started by Scheme, Nov 14, 2020.

  1. Scheme Black Belt

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    One thing I never got, Washington D.C. is the most democratic and partisan place in the country.

    In the 1984 election, when Reagan won almost every state except the democrat's home state (in which he got 49.54% of the vote vs 49.72%), Reagan also lost Washington D.C., only managing to secure 13.73% of the vote versus 85.38% of the democratic vote.

    In 2016 and 2020, Trump got less than 5% of the vote in D.C. Compare this to some of the other most progressive and liberal places in the country and you can see that Trump still gets >5% of the vote.

    Is it because over 50% of the jobs in Washington D.C. are government employees? Why is the place that the president works and resides in the most partisan place in the country?
     
  2. Yehudim Purple Belt

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    Demographics certainly play a role. When you have voting blocs that are reliably close to 90% Democrat, that will happen.

    It’s also a pretty big city by American standards and they’re naturally more liberal.
     
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    Sometimes it be like it do.
     
  4. Fluffernutter Silver Belt

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    You answered your own question.

    When the economy is so dependant on the federal government, do you really think the residents of that city will vote for a party that wants to (in theory) shrink the federal government?
     
  5. Jack V Savage Secretary of Keepin' It Real/Nicest Guy on Sherdog

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    That's the answer. It tends to be up there with SF and Seattle in terms of having the highest level of education attainment. About one in four adults there has an advanced degree, which is an extreme Democrat-leaning group. And it has a pretty high black % (a little under half, I believe), which is another one. And it's a big city.
     
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  6. JP557CU Brown Belt

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    Really don’t understand why black people love the democrats. I wish someone would enlighten me. I’m not some big Candace Owens fan but some of what she says, and even Trump, makes sense to me. Why do you keep voting for democrats when the black communities get worse every single year? Obama for 8 years and what “changed”.
     
  7. bobgeese Gold Belt

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    People vote their wallets?
     
  8. Jack V Savage Secretary of Keepin' It Real/Nicest Guy on Sherdog

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    The premise is odd to me. Hypothetically, if black communities get worse every year, why would that make it good for them to vote for a party that is actively hostile to them? That said, obviously it's not true that black communities get worse every year. Most years they get better, and the long-term trend is way up.

    As for the reason, again, Republicans are actively hostile to black communities, while Democrats have pushed for policies that they like. And black voters have much more pull in the Democratic Party. It's not really a mystery. Basically every group other than non-college white voters leans pretty strongly to Democrats.
     
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  9. JP557CU Brown Belt

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    Black communities are getting better? I am surprised to hear that. Otherwise, I agree with what you said and it makes sense. Thank you for the reply. It does seem funny how only uneducated folks vote republican! Lol
     
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  10. Jack V Savage Secretary of Keepin' It Real/Nicest Guy on Sherdog

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    Well, it's not only uneducated folks. In every group that mostly votes X, there are many people who vote Y. Millions of Southern whites vote Democrat. Trump got more votes in California than in any other state. Etc.

    And, yeah, absolutely black communities are getting better in most years and over the longer run. They were much harder-hit by COVID in terms of health and the economic fallout from COVID, but there's been huge improvement across most dimensions if measured from the '90s (declines in some areas going into the '90s, but even that is mixed).
     
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  11. Scheme Black Belt

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    It also has the highest income inequality, 8th highest poverty rates, highest rate of homelessness, worst illiteracy rate in the country, worst SAT scores by any state, etc.
     
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    See above. Washington D.C. may be the worst place in the country to live if you aren't rich. They are far behind even California and NYC in illiteracy. They are last in SAT scores as well.
     
  13. nostradumbass Steel Belt

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    Nearly the entire population is made up of federal employees, lobbyists and poor black civilians, which are 3 of the most reliably democrat groups in the country. Reagan getting nearly 14% is actually pretty impressive.
     
  14. Jack V Savage Secretary of Keepin' It Real/Nicest Guy on Sherdog

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    Not actually true (16th highest poverty rate just among the 25 most populated cities in America, for example, and similarly ranked in inequality), but also irrelevant even if it were true. You want to know why they lean Democratic, and the answer is:

    1. Very high rates of education.
    2. Pretty high black population.
    3. Big city.
     
  15. Mike_Tyson_fan36 Blue Belt

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    If the Republican party wasn’t so openly racist then maybe more Blacks would vote for them since many of us actually do have Conservatives values.
     
  16. blaseblah Steel Belt

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    It's a major city, not a state. All the major cities are strongly Democratic.
     
  17. blaseblah Steel Belt

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    Because since the 60s the Republican party has been against "racial justice" and been actively hostile to minorities. Not as strongly anymore, but they are still against movements like Black Lives Matter and they also work hard every election to suppress the vote of black communities.

    I think it's a shame actually. If Republicans weren't so actively hostile to black communities it might cause a shift. Because right now Democrats don't have to do anything for black people except be less racist.
     
  18. oldshadow Steel Belt

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    Well some if what’s been said and most of the people that would vote republican only work in DC and live outside if the district.
     

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