Poll: How Liberal Is Dallas?

We want to hear your preferences, FrontBurner Nation.

Illustration by DonkeyHotey/Flickr
Illustration by DonkeyHotey/Flickr

I posted yesterday about the Economist’s charticle showing that Dallas falls closer to the liberal vs. the conservative side of the political spectrum, as do most of the big cities in the United States. This was not surprising, given that Dallas County has gone Democratic in recent election cycles.

But that got me curious about FrontBurner Nation, since our audience isn’t strictly confined to the Dallas city limits or even the county lines. Two other North Texas cities — Fort Worth and Arlington — charted on the conservative end of the scale, after all. So where do you fall?


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  • AeroRazavi

    I think it is a little harder to put that label in Dallas.

    Just look at the politics around Dallas.

    Some would call JWP a “liberal”, but he was no “tax and spend” guy on Commissioners Court.

    Ron Natinsky who is running for County Judge as Republican is touting himself as a fiscal conservative, yet he and then-Mayor Tom Leppert were some of the Convention Center Hotel’s biggest backers.

    Then take a look at the Carona-Huffines race. The craft brew crowd which I am sure is a diverse crowd politically backed Huffines, the Tea Party favorite, not Carona. The craft brew folks are trying to bust-up the oligopoly that is alcohol distribution in this state, but oddly enough, backed a guy whose family is in auto distribution (another oligopoly).

    Scott Griggs may be a Democrat, but he is a Democrat that is actually trying to streamline the bureaucracy at City Hall, and make things less difficult for smaller businesses in his own district.

    We want things to be neat. We certainly prefer shorthand. But the truth is things are really messy. And that’s okay.

  • Uppercase Matt

    While I’m not “negated,” I think such single labels are useless. Most of the Republicans I know are pretty socially liberally and fiscally conservative. So are many of the Democrats I know. Others are closer to the stereotypes, but altogether I don’t think they would say either label really fits. And most folks seem annoyed by the rabid loudmouths on either side.

    • Adam Erwin

      “Libertarian” my friend.
      And I completely agree. We will always disagree on various issues for a plethora of reasons but the majority of modern Texans are Libertarian and don’t even know it!

  • cfsccbg

    I used to think I was conservative and have not changed my thinking, however compared to the nutjobs now running the Republican Party, I am a liberal

  • Randy1116

    I appreciate you using the word “liberal.” It saddens me that so many have run away from it. I don’t object to being called “progressive,” but I prefer “liberal.”

    “If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”
    -John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

  • Patrick Kennedy

    Better question: does Dallas county tweet more about beer or church – http://www.floatingsheep.org/2012/07/church-or-beer-americans-on-twitter.html

    If you need me, I’ll be at the pub, tweeting about our burgeoning selection of tasty local craft brews.

  • Linda Coleman

    How liberal is Dallas? It’s getting there, but it’s still not liberal enough for me. Ask me again when World Naked Bike Ride is an annual event here.