Manchester, NH is the largest city in New Hampshire and it has a vibrant political atmosphere. The local politics of Manchester are driven by the issues facing the city and its citizens. Residents of Manchester are focused on policies that impact the economy, safety, education, and other quality of life issues. The local government consists of an elected mayor and nine-member board who work together to ensure efficient operations in the city. Many candidates come forward during election seasons to serve in local positions such as City Councilor, Mayor, School Board Members, and more. These candidates strive to represent their constituents’ interests and bring about positive change. Local elections often feature debates between candidates on topics ranging from economic development to public transportation. Manchester residents take part in these elections through voting for their preferred candidate or supporting them with donations or volunteering efforts.
The political climate in Manchester, NH is somewhat liberal.
Hillsborough County, NH is leaning liberal. In Hillsborough County, NH 52.8% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 45.2% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.0% voted Independent.
In the last Presidential election, Hillsborough county flipped moderately Democratic, 52.8% to 45.2%.
Hillsborough county flipped Democratic in the most recent Presidential election (2000, 2004 and 2016 went Republican).
The BestPlaces liberal/conservative index
Manchester, NH is somewhat liberal.
Hillsborough County, New Hampshire is leaning liberal.
Manchester-Nashua Metro Area is leaning liberal.
New Hampshire is leaning 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.
Manchester, New Hampshire: r r d d r 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 Manchester, NH
In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 5,072 contributions totaling $674,128 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $133 per contribution.
In the last 4 years, there were 1,426 contributions totaling $419,258 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $294 per contribution.
(source: Federal Election Commission)