Riverside, CA 

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Politics & Voting in Riverside, CA

Riverside, California is a major city located in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. It is the home to over 300,000 residents and is known for its historical landmarks, growing economy, and diverse culture. In terms of politics, Riverside has a highly active local government that works to serve the needs of all its citizens. The city is part of the 42nd Congressional District represented by Congressman Ken Calvert who works with both Democrats and Republicans on issues facing his constituents. Locally, Riverside has seven elected City Council members that work together to make decisions and pass legislation that benefit the entire population. With an ongoing commitment to progress and development, Riverside's public leaders strive to ensure their city remains a great place for its citizens to live and thrive.

The Political Climate in Riverside, CA is Somewhat liberal.

Riverside County, CA is Leaning liberal. In Riverside County, CA 53.0% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 45.0% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.0% voted Independent.

In the last Presidential election, Riverside county remained moderately Democratic, 53.0% to 45.0%.
Riverside county voted Democratic in the four most recent Presidential elections, after 2000 and 2004 went Republican

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Riverside, CA is Somewhat liberal

Riverside County, California is Leaning liberal.

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metro Area is Somewhat 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.

Riverside, California: r R 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 Riverside, CA

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 23,570 contributions totaling $1,718,792 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $73 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 4,653 contributions totaling $1,527,980 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $328 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

  • Percent Democrat (US Avg: 51%)
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    Reviews for Riverside    42 Reviews
    I've lived in Riverside for 54 years - 9/17/2021
    I've lived in Riverside for 54 years. It changed a LOT when people from LA started moving here in droves. Still, I have never been robbed or assaulted but I am... Read More

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    Worst Medical Care Around! Lots of Break Ins! - 1/7/2021
    I'm from Orange County (OC). I have had nothing but trouble since moving to Riverside. 1. The dogs are aggressive guard dogs. If you want to walk or bike you... Read More

    A depressing place. - 12/16/2018
    Whew where to begin with dear old riverside. I enjoyed growing up here until my high school years (back in 2011). In 7 short years the downward deterioration of the... Read More

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