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Politics & Voting in Monterey, CA

Monterey, CA is a beautiful coastal city located in Northern California. It is the home to a diverse population of approximately 29,000 residents who are served by an elected city council. The political atmosphere in Monterey is generally progressive and focuses on issues such as environmental conservation, social justice, and economic development. The city has seen considerable growth over the last few decades and aims to create a community that provides its residents with accessible public services and resources. As for local political candidates, they all come from various backgrounds and have different platforms that reflect their values and objectives for the city. Monterey seeks to ensure that all of its citizens have access to opportunities to actively participate in politics whether at the polls or through civic engagement initiatives.

The Political Climate in Monterey, CA is Strongly liberal.

Monterey County, CA is Very liberal. In Monterey County, CA 69.5% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 28.2% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.2% voted Independent.

In the last Presidential election, Monterey county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 69.5% to 28.2%.
Monterey county voted Democratic in every Presidential election since 2000

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Monterey, CA is Strongly liberal

Monterey County, California is Very liberal.

Salinas Metro Area is Very liberal.

California is Strongly liberal.

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.

Displaying 20 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.

Monterey, California: D D D D D D

How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican Party candidate won, D if the Democratic Party candidate won and I if the Independent Party candidate won. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R R).

Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.

Here�s the VoteWord for Iowa � d r d d r. In the last six elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican Party candidate in 2016 and 2020 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d D) has voted for the Democratic Party in the last three elections.

Individual Campaign Contributions in Monterey, CA

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 20,027 contributions totaling $1,683,834 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $84 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 2,223 contributions totaling $619,261 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $279 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

  • Percent Democrat (US Avg: 51%)
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    Reviews for Monterey    21 Reviews
    Here or Exit California - 1/25/2017
    The Monterey city area is an excellent place to live and one of the few California locales where it's relatively safe to raise a family. If I could no longer live here I... Read More

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    If you're not a millionaire good luck living here - 12/31/2013
    I grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and had to leave to climb out of poverty. The median income is $35,000 and outside of the military, the jobs are mostly service... Read More

    How wealthy are we talking about? - 9/13/2012
    My husband and I are just crazy about Monterey. I wonder if we take housing expenses (mortgage or rent) out of the picture, is Monterey still a very expensive city to... Read More

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