The Political Climate in Grand Rapids, MI is Leaning liberal.
Kent County, MI is Leaning conservative. In Kent County, MI 44.6% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 47.7% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 7.7% voted Independent.
Kent county voted Republican in four of the last five Presidential elections, voting Democratic in 2008.
In the last Presidential election, Kent county remained narrowly Republican, 47.7% to 44.6%
The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Grand Rapids, MI is Leaning liberal
Kent County, Michigan is Leaning conservative.
Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metro Area is Leaning conservative.
Michigan is Leaning 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.
Grand Rapids, Michigan: R R d r r
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 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 Party candidate in 2016 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d) has voted narrowly for the Democratic Party in the last three elections.
Individual Campaign Contributions in Grand Rapids, MI
In the last 4 years (2015-2018), there were 17,812 contributions totaling $1,860,772 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $104 per contribution.
In the last 4 years, there were 4,526 contributions totaling $16,291,265 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $3,599 per contribution.
(source: Federal Election Commission)