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U.S. States by Democratic Party Support

Name the 10 most Democratic states as measured by the Democratic margin of victory in the last four Presidential elections.
Last updated: August 30, 2017
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State
32.2
Hawaii
29.8
Vermont
25.3
Massachusetts
24.0
New York
22.9
Rhode Island
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State
22.7
Maryland
21.8
California
17.4
Illinois
15.9
Connecticut
15.6
Delaware
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level 63
Sep 5, 2016
If Washington DC was included, would it make this list?
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level 67
Sep 5, 2016
It would be on top I think
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level 75
Sep 5, 2016
DC voted 90.9% for Obama in 2012, so yes - would be at the top of the list.
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level 63
Sep 7, 2016
DC is not a good place for Republicans it seems. Cross that one out from my list of places to possibly live.
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level 67
Sep 7, 2016
Gamer1162 - confirming my suspicion about the intestinal fortitude of the average member of the GOP. What are you scared of?
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level 75
Sep 7, 2016
Washington is a beautiful area and great place to live.
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level 63
Sep 7, 2016
@jm Mainly the homicide rate at DC, which is one of the highest in the US, but there are some "Democratic states" were I would live in, like Illinois or New York, but when I imagine places to live in, I just don't picture DC.
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level 75
Sep 7, 2016
Then why would you say "cross that off" as if you were considering it and then changed your mind when you found out that residents of the district vote Democratic?
Also most people who work in DC live in Virginia or Maryland.
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level 38
Sep 7, 2016
The DC metro area has insane government programs on every corner, costs a fortune, traffic is horrible, and violent crime is higher than many other metro areas. What's not to love? Most career military members dread their time in the DC area.
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level 60
Sep 7, 2016
Eh, DC is a good but expensive place to live. The crime is comparable to other major cities in the U.S. (in between Atlanta and Nashville in the violent crime rate) and is concentrated in the southeast and northeast of the city, which are the poorest areas and probably the areas you're least likely to go to unless you live there. The city is architecturally much more interesting than a lot of American cities, with a lot of old homes preserved in historic districts, to say nothing of all the monuments. The natural landscape around the city is beautiful--rolling hills, whitewater rapids, forests, and a short drive from mountains, other major cities, pretty small towns, and the beach. It has a lot going for it.
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level 63
Sep 7, 2016
What I meant by that @Kalbahamut was that I was considering living there at some point, but as mentioned above, the cost of living is quite expensive, and added with other things, I decided to "cross it out" (figuratively speaking). Voting is one of the least of my concerns when thinking about living in a place.
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level 71
Sep 7, 2016
The DC area is a nice place...if you have money. It's probably very hard to relocate here from most other areas of the country. There are plenty of republicans in my neighborhood in NoVA.
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level 75
Sep 7, 2016
DC is a beautiful city with tons of things to do and see. Northern Virginia is one of the nicest areas in the country. Among the most diverse areas in the world. Some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the USA. Good schools, good hospitals, great options abound for food, shopping, entertainment, culture, and nature. It's quite cheap next to Norway. Quite expensive next to Ukraine. The traffic situation is worse than Mayberry or Juneau, but a dream come true compared to Riyadh or Cairo or Manila. You could live there 30 years and never once see a crime of any kind more serious than jaywalking or exceeding the speed limit quite easily. I guess it's all relative.
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level 38
Jun 6, 2017
It has always voted for a Democratic president
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level 73
Aug 30, 2017
Cost of living isn't expensive out there. It's only housing. That's literally the only difference between DC and St. Louis. Housing in STL is affordable, housing in DC is not. Just watch any of the HGTV shows. They always have folks buying homes in DC. Like 1000 square feet for $235,000. Just stupid expensive.
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level ∞
Aug 30, 2017
$235 per square foot isn't that expensive really. San Francisco is over $1,000 per square foot nowadays.
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level 54
Aug 31, 2017
235$ per square feet is cheap, its way more affordable than for example my home country sweden where the average is about 800+$ per square feet or 7500$ per square meter
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level 75
Nov 6, 2017
Right. And if you get a place in... Manassas... or... somewhere on the Maryland side I don't know which areas are cheapest anymore... you will pay considerably less. It's too expensive for my tastes personally but it's not that expensive relatively speaking to live out in the suburbs. Not crazy expensive like Sweden. I've lived all over ther world but spent a greater portion of my life there than anywhere else and honestly have no idea what the negative comments above are in reference to unless they simply lack the perspective I detailed. Everything is relative, I suppose.
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level 66
Dec 21, 2017
DC is a truly disgusting city. The streets are dirty, trash is thrown on the ground, everywhere you go feels dangerous, people aren't friendly. I could go on. One of the worst big cities I've ever been to.
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level 66
Jan 9, 2018
@kalbahamut What's with the personal attacks? I visited DC just a few years ago to present at a scientific conference and stayed at the Hyatt right by the White House. I had a great time at the conference and I'm not upset about anything that happened there. I'm giving my honest opinion of the city. Compared to my travels to other US cities such as Boston, Atlanta, LA, San Diego, NYC, etc, Washington DC was one of the nastiest and sketchiest big cities I've ever been to, alongside Philly and New Orleans.

And I don't have an ulterior motive to bash DC because it's democrat. In my opinion, the nicest, cleanest and most upbeat city I've been to is Boston, which is obviously also heavily democrat.
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level 75
Jan 10, 2018
UrinePig, I made no personal attacks, I just questioned the motives behind your comment because it is so far removed from reality that it doesn't seem sincere.
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level 56
Feb 14, 2019
I recently went to DC. The food wasn't great, but apart from that I agree with what @kal is saying. It was much nicer than New York in my opinion. It didn't feel at all dangerous and the people were pretty friendly. I don't think your political stances should make much difference to your experience to the city, but it is possible that different people will genuinely have very different opinions of the city for other reasons.
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level 75
Feb 14, 2019
TM: you just don't know where to go to eat if you had bad food there. I said options abound, not that every place you eat is going to be good. We've still got McDonald's.
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level 75
Mar 16, 2019
I also see a lot of comments from conservatives claiming that they had to flee California as it was a socialist cesspool or something similarly ludicrous. These places are objectively nice places to live. And when I lived in California myself for a few years as a young man who was still religious and leaned conservative on most issues, I was still able to acknowledge that fact. I think some just feel the need to hate them because of their politics.
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level 56
Mar 19, 2019
Sure, but I was just giving my subjective experience of the city. Great food was not one of the things I was able to enjoy. It wasn't terrible though, certainly better than in some other places I have been.
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level 75
May 16, 2019
You can find bad food everywhere if you look in the wrong places or don't bother putting any effort in to finding good places. I try to avoid the pitfall I see so many tourists in when they characterize the food of a place based on the 5 meals they had, which were usually all just an afterthought to their itinerary anyway. But even I've been guilty of this sometimes. But anyway you can find amazing cuisine all over the DC area from pretty much any place you can imagine. Great Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Salvadorian, Lebanese, Italian, Indian, Afghan, etc. So much variety and quality at the same time. Good American food, too, if you know where to go. But the thing I like most about the area is that it's among the most diverse and international places in the world, so, it's nice to have so many options.
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level 33
Jan 9, 2018
I think this comment has too many replies...maybe this is the comment with the most replies?
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level 57
Jan 9, 2018
No.
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level 57
Jan 9, 2018
It's most likely a Cyprus debate comment xD
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level 75
Feb 14, 2019
They were on EuroVision!!
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level 59
Sep 7, 2016
8 of these are in the Northeast or close to it.
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level 69
Sep 7, 2016
In most quizzes relating to the Democratic party, it's usually a good bet to start with Northeast coastal states and then move slightly inward and then hit the Western coastal states. Most elections, whenever they show an electoral map, it's always a little bit of blue sandwiching a lot of red (although you do sometimes get some blue in the middle from IL, MN, WI).
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level 59
Sep 7, 2016
If you look at the electoral map from 2004, you can see that every state that went for John Kerry either bordered Canada or bordered states that bordered Canada. For example, California borders Oregon, which borders Washington...and all three went for Kerry. Connecticut borders Massachusetts, which borders Vermont (which borders Canada), and all three of those states went for Kerry. You can draw a straight line to Canada from every state that went for Kerry (except Hawaii, which borders nothing) without crossing any red state. I always remember that when recalling which states are blue and which are red. Of course, that was 12 long years ago by now...
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level 60
Sep 7, 2016
But, California doesn't border a state that borders Canada.
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level 43
Sep 7, 2016
That's crap. Maryland borders no state that borders Canada unless you count Pennsylvania's tiny coast along Lake Erie. The same thing is true for Delaware. Hawaii doesn't border Canada either, and as someone else said, California not only doesn't share a border with Canada, it doesn't even share a border with a state that shares a border with Canada. And the following states not bordering Canada have now gone Democratic in 2 straight elections AND are leaning Democratic this year: Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, and Florida. Among others.
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level 59
Sep 8, 2016
Perhaps I didn't explain it well. You can go from any state that voted for Kerry straight to Canada without passing through a red state. Take California: you can go directly north to Canada and only pass through Oregon and Washington, both of which went for Kerry. From Maryland, you go up through Pennsylvania and New York, both of which went for Kerry. I mentioned in my original post that Hawaii, for obvious reasons, is kind of beyond the scope of the point. And I said it was the *2004* electoral map. Calm yourself. I was just offering an observation.
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level 24
Sep 9, 2016
@jmellor13 I'm not exactly sure what these other two were reading because you definitely explained your train of thought well enough and you clearly state your data comes from the 2004 election. Gotta love when people don't read and proceed to critique your comment
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level 56
Jan 9, 2018
@jmellor13, technically speaking, to get from California to Canada you still have to go through republican areas. If you look at the 2016 election results for each county. The borders of California, Oregon, and Washington are all separated by red counties.
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level 75
Jan 9, 2018
It also depends on whether you are talking about the present or historically. When I was young in the '60s we didn't talk about "red vs blue" states, but if we had, the colors would have been quite different from what they are today - the solidly Democratic south versus conservative California, for example. As I mentioned in a comment on a different quiz, the red vs. blue thing isn't a good description IMO. Many states are barely one or the other. Characterizing them as completely red or blue is unfair to the many voters from the other side who live there. I've lived enough decades to know that what goes around comes around, and states will change their colors in the future as issues and populations change.
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level 72
Sep 7, 2016
A quick calculation using the data available on Wikipedia comparing the 10 states on the top democratic lists vs. the top republican lists. The people in the top democratic states live on average 2.66 years longer. The people in the top democratic states average about 36% higher annual income.
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level 50
Jan 10, 2017
Yeah but at least we aren't democrats
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level 70
Feb 25, 2017
Remember back when the Democrats were the party of the working man? And now you take pride in the fact that rich people vote Democrat.
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level 66
Dec 21, 2017
There's been a reversal ever since the democrats got in bed with Wall Street and Big Pharma. Now the democrats do the bidding of corporations, whereas Trump and the GOP and doing everything they can to help out the average American. The tax break Trump just passed will save working-class Americans $2-3k every year.
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level 74
Jan 9, 2018
Conservative talk radio has turned peoples brains to mush, conspiracy theorists have been banging on so long and often that it actually appears there's weight and genuine history to their preposterous theories, there isnt. Modern American conservatives appear to place themselves as the defenders of traditional values and the working man, all the while getting fat on the backs of the people they claim to represent. It's a complete s*** show. The UK isnt any better either.
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level 72
Jan 9, 2018
Not sure why you ended on that little jab to the UK but you are right - the only major socialist party (at least in England) took a huge step to the right with Blair at the helm, undermining the party's principles and selling out to the corporate world.

It succeeded in getting them voted in at the time but left us with a system of right-wing politics. Now we have austerity, a failing NHS (which should be one of the proudest institutions in the world), terrible public transport, etc

Corbyn is moving them back towards where they have been historically but there is resistance unfortunately
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level 52
Jan 9, 2018
Idea: maybe neither political party is heaven on earth. Maybe politics and the idea that Republican and Democrat are the only options are stupid.
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level 75
Jan 10, 2018
Comments correcting the biased and ignorant statements here are being deleted. UrinePig is off his rocker. That's not a personal attack. It's a statement of fact directed at someone who said the GOP is doing everything it can to help average Americans and the Trump tax break will benefit the working class.
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level 68
Sep 30, 2018
Both major parties in the US are corporate owned. The biggest difference is which corporations have bought into which party.
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level 75
Jan 4, 2019
kenpo: while there is a sliver of truth that could be extracted from your cynical and over-simplistic sentiment, it's not close enough to being true that repeating it is not very harmful. There are extremely substantial differences between the parties, especially today in the era of Trump. When the choice was between Bill Clinton and George HW Bush? Maybe not so much. But now? The difference could not be more stark.
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level 75
Jan 5, 2019
Kenpo's is also very much a message that Russian agents/trolls/spambots would endorse and spread around themselves, as they know that this message is more likely to resonate with Democrats, liberals, and swing voters than it is with conservative Republicans, and, ironically, they like this message precisely *because* they don't actually believe it. Russia recognizes there is an enormous difference between some politicians and enormous consequences to elections and they want very much to discourage those who are not likely to vote Republican or their guy Trump to simply become disgusted with the system and stay home.
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level 60
Sep 7, 2016
I can't believe Washington and Oregon didn't make this list.
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level 78
Aug 29, 2017
I assume you don't mean the "most Republican states" in the description of this quiz.
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level 61
Aug 30, 2017
Exactly, The directions are contradictory. I thought I was looking for Republican states , then when none of my first 5 guesses or so worked, I started trying Democratic ones.
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level ∞
Aug 30, 2017
Burned again by copy-paste. Fixed now.
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level 82
Aug 29, 2017
Amazed that New Jersey didn't make this list. It hasn't voted Republican since Reagan.
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level 62
Feb 12, 2019
New Jersey voted for Bush 41 in 1988. While New Jersey is a pretty reliable win for Democrats, the election is usually within 10% in most statewide races. NJ also had a couple Republican Governors to win two terms since the 1990s.
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level 44
Aug 30, 2017
Asking to "Name the 10 most Republican states" in description makes the quiz rather confusing.
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level 45
Dec 23, 2017
Pretty easy but for some reason it took me a while to get illinois
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level 26
Jan 9, 2018
I would've thought Minnesota but this recent election it was right on the cusp (to be honest it kind of made me sad)
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level 42
Jan 10, 2018
got illinois with 1 second left
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level 58
Mar 1, 2018
Can I please see your source? The statistic for Hawaii seemed a little high so I looked at the results in the past 4 elections on Wikipedia, did the math, and it only came out to about 15%, which is a lot different than 32%. Or am I missing something? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election_in_Hawaii,_2004 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election_in_Hawaii,_2008 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election_in_Hawaii,_2012 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election_in_Hawaii,_2016
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level 48
Aug 28, 2018
Vermont apparently is the state that has voted Republican than most, yet now Republicans easily lose the state.
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level 75
Sep 28, 2018
Does anyone know why Vermont is so much different politically than New Hampshire?
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level 61
Sep 30, 2018
Manchester, the largest city in NH, is fairly conservative, being a very white, upper-middle class city that some might say serves more as a glorified suburb of Boston than its own thing. It's also VERY tax friendly so those who benefit from that would naturally favour Republicans. The rest of the state is more in line with Vermont/Massachusetts politically which pulls it over the Dem line. Vermont conversely doesn't have a lot of white-collar workers and has a strong descendancy from hippie culture which probably turned the tide away from Republican support over there as that party became more right-wing.
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level 75
Feb 19, 2019
Interesting. In most states it's the opposite situation: urban areas that are very blue or deep purple surrounded by a rural or suburban sea of light purple or red.
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level 44
May 4, 2019
I've always been let toward the idea that states with more picturesque and scenic living tend to vote blue in rural areas. Obviously there are a few exceptions (West Virginia, Appalachia, Idaho, Montana) but the northeast is breathtaking, as is California and the Pacific Northwest. More bland areas tend to lean red such as the great plains. There's normally a more carefree lifestyle in areas like this.
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level 35
Mar 16, 2019
Got them all with 0:09 remaining at 2:03:19 PM on March 16, 2019. This was an easy quiz for me, considering I live in one of these states.