Republicans are more willing to live among Democrats than the other way around, poll finds


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(TheRealDeal) – Where you live and who you vote for has never been so closely linked. Election results mapped over the past decades show that the red medium has become redder and the blue ribs bluer.

But when it comes to relocating to another party’s territory, a report from apartment listing site Zumper shows registered Republicans are more liberal about life among Democrats than the other way around. – with a caveat.

To conduct the survey, Zumper asked 1,500 people from across the country, “Would you move to an area that does not match your political leanings?” “

Democrats were less likely than Republicans to take root among people on the other end of the political spectrum, as 40 percent said they would not move to a red zone and only 27 percent said they would.

Republicans, however, were ready to mingle with the left, with 43% of GOP voters saying they would move to an area that was not in line with their policies and 36% saying they would not. more

Jeff Andrews, author of the report and data analyst at Zumper, said opening Republicans to liberal enclaves makes more sense if you divide them into two camps – upper-middle-class voters and the wealthy who appreciate weak regulation. in one, and low-income rural people. voters who favor identity politics in the other.

“A wealthy Republican who works in finance might prefer to live in New York City, despite his blue bent,” Andrews said, pointing to the workplace and the perks of living in a cultural center as factors. In addition, high income earners could afford to move.

The enduring popularity of the Metropolitan Republican Club of Manhattan is a testament to the existence of this cohort. Last month, the group sold their 118th annual dinner in honor of Forbes editor-in-chief Steve Forbes with the Ronald Reagan Award to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Reagan tax cuts.

The Silk Stocking District on the Upper East Side is also the top Republican campaign donor area on a regular basis.

Likewise, in San Francisco, where just over 6% of voters are registered as Republicans, some ballots were cast for Donald Trump in 2016. Votes were concentrated in the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods – Pacific Heights and Sea Cliff, among which, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

In New York City, there are also Republican pockets within the tight-knit communities of cities, such as the Hasidic and Russian Jewish enclaves of Brooklyn. Brighton and Manhattan Beach elected a Republican city council member this year for the first time this century.

However, the Republican openness to offshoring has certain limits, according to the report. For many, the Covid-19 protocols were a critical hold.

While 86% of Democrats said they would move to an area with a mask mandate, less than half of Republicans said the same. Dislikes of vaccination warrants had a similar influence. Just over a third of Republicans said they would move somewhere with vaccination requirements; 82 percent of Democrats said they would.

Given the strict vaccine mandates for certain jobs and locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City, it seems unlikely that the three cities will see an influx of Republicans anytime soon.


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