Providence, Rhode Island is the capital city of the state and is home to a diverse and vibrant political landscape. The current mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza, was elected in 2014 and has since been focused on creating policies that promote economic development, invest in education, and reduce crime levels in the city. Additionally, the Providence City Council is made up of fifteen members who are elected by district. They oversee policy initiatives that cover transportation, safety, economic development, housing, public health and other essential services for residents. Providence also plays an important role in statewide politics with its two state senators and four representatives serving in the Rhode Island General Assembly. These local politicians help ensure that their constituents are heard when it comes to matters such as local infrastructure investment or building new schools.
The political climate in Providence, RI is strongly liberal.
Providence County, RI is moderately liberal. In Providence County, RI 60.5% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 37.6% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 1.9% voted Independent.
In the last Presidential election, Providence county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 60.5% to 37.6%.
Providence county voted Democratic in every Presidential election since 2000.
The BestPlaces liberal/conservative index
Providence, RI is strongly liberal.
Providence County, Rhode Island is moderately liberal.
Providence-Warwick Metro Area is moderately liberal.
Rhode Island is moderately 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.
Providence, Rhode Island: 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 Providence, RI
In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 27,080 contributions totaling $4,554,524 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $168 per contribution.
In the last 4 years, there were 1,528 contributions totaling $970,617 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $635 per contribution.
(source: Federal Election Commission)