New York State is a large and diverse state with many different political perspectives. The politics in New York State are heavily influenced by the two major political parties, Democrats and Republicans. In recent years, New York has seen a surge in progressive policies such as raising the minimum wage, increasing government spending on infrastructure, and implementing criminal justice reform. With both national and local elections taking place this year, it will be interesting to see how the political landscape of New York State changes in the coming months. Candidates from both major parties as well as smaller independent parties are vying for positions at all levels of government throughout the state, offering voters a wide range of perspectives on key issues.
The Political Climate in New York is Moderately liberal.
In New York 60.8% of the people voted for the Democratic Party in the last presidential election, 37.7% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 1.6% voted for an Independent Party.
In the last Presidential election, New York remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 60.8% to 37.7%.
New York voted Democratic in the previous six Presidential elections
The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
New York 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.
New York, New York: 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 for the Democrat and I for the Independent. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R 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.
Hereï¿½s the VoteWord for Iowa ï¿½ d r d d r 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 four elections.
Individual Campaign Contributions in New York
In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 1,947,046 contributions totaling $666,770,763 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $342 per contribution.
In the last 4 years, there were 190,084 contributions totaling $285,049,710 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $1,500 per contribution.
(source: Federal Election Commission)