Cleveland, OH 

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Politics & Voting in Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, OH is a vibrant city with an active political scene. It is home to numerous civic organizations, advocacy groups, and political parties that strive to shape the city for the betterment of its citizens. At the local level, Cleveland has a strong mayor's office that works to ensure that the needs of residents are met. The mayor is also responsible for forming relationships with local legislators and representatives from Cleveland's many neighborhoods. Additionally, Cleveland holds elections every two years that feature various candidates from a variety of political backgrounds vying for office at all levels of government. Through these elections, residents can make their voices heard and have a say in who represents them in City Hall.

The Political Climate in Cleveland, OH is Strongly liberal.

Cuyahoga County, OH is Very liberal. In Cuyahoga County, OH 66.4% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 32.3% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 1.3% voted Independent.

In the last Presidential election, Cuyahoga county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 66.4% to 32.3%.
Cuyahoga county voted Democratic in every Presidential election since 2000

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Cleveland, OH is Strongly liberal

Cuyahoga County, Ohio is Very liberal.

Cleveland-Elyria Metro Area is Somewhat liberal.

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

Cleveland, Ohio: 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 Cleveland, OH

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 37,498 contributions totaling $8,242,904 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $220 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 5,396 contributions totaling $31,495,641 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $5,837 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

  • Percent Democrat (US Avg: 51%)
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    Reviews for Cleveland    95 Reviews
    Something for everyone - 7/12/2022
    I live in a suburb right outside of Cleveland. I fear Cleveland gets a bad wrap in many people eyes. Although many families moved to the area for steel and auto... Read More

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    Cleveland is coming alive AGAIN - 12/19/2021
    I relocated to Cleveland 8 months ago from south of Columbus, OH. Having spent a lot of time in Columbus and central Ohio, I wanted to change. So I spontaneously decided... Read More

    A great city that doesn't know how great it is. - 12/14/2021
    Lived in Cleveland for 10 years. Loved it. Of course it has its issues, but there are a lot of great things about this city, and the people that live there should... Read More

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