The Political Climate in West Des Moines, IA is Leaning liberal.
Polk County, IA is Leaning liberal. In Polk County, IA 51.7% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 40.4% voted Republican, and the remaining 7.9% voted Independent.
Polk county voted Democratic in the previous five Presidential elections.
In the last Presidential election, Polk county remained strongly Democratic, 51.7% to 40.4%
The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
West Des Moines, IA is Leaning liberal
Polk County, Iowa is Leaning liberal.
Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area is Leaning liberal.
Iowa is Moderately conservative.
The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.
Displaying 16 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.
West Des Moines, Iowa: 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 candidate won, D for the Democrat and I for the Independent. The five elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) would be expressed as five-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 five elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican candidate in 2016 after voting Democratic in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d) has voted narrowly Democratic in the last three elections.
Individual Campaign Contributions in West Des Moines, IA
In the last 4 years (2015-2018), there were 14,006 contributions totaling $3,434,024 to Democratic and liberal campaigns, averaging $245 per contribution.
In the last 4 years, there were 4,690 contributions totaling $3,754,485 to Republican and conservative campaigns, averaging $801 per contribution.
(source: Federal Election Commission)