California’s Political Purple Reign

A revealing chart from KQED’s John Myers reveals that California isn’t as liberal or as blue as the rest of the nation thinks. The report from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California concludes, both in data and in vivid color, that the state is much more in the political middle with a slant towards the conservative.

The report is based on a new analysis of data compiled from PPIC’s many statewide polls on the issues of the day. The PPIC report breaks California down into five distinct groups:

  • loyal liberal
  • moderate liberal
  • conservative liberal
  • moderate conservative and
  • committed conservative.

The list points out the various shades of gray between liberals and conservatives.  This would explain why California is typically known as a blue state and the Democratic dominance in congress.

The article and the report provide highly insightful looks into California’s political make-up.


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