The Political Climate in Pennsylvania is Leaning conservative.
In Pennsylvania 47.5% of the people voted for the Democratic Party in the last presidential election, 48.2% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 4.4% voted for an Independent Party.
Pennsylvania flipped Republican in the most recent Presidential election, after voting Democratic in the previous four.
In the last Presidential election, Pennsylvania flipped Republican, 48.2% to 47.5%
The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Pennsylvania 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.
Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania: d d D d 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 for the Democrat and I for the Independent. 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 Pennsylvania
In the last 4 years (2015-2018), there were 672,604 contributions totaling $154,668,567 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $230 per contribution.
In the last 4 years, there were 153,783 contributions totaling $76,407,708 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $497 per contribution.
(source: Federal Election Commission)