New Study: Seven of Eight Large Texas Cities Lean Liberal

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A new study recently confirmed what most of us already know: Texas is gradually becoming more blueberry than tomato soup.

The study, published in American Political Science Review and profiled in the Economist, examines how liberal or conservative 67 cities are and whether those cities are responsive to their residents’ political viewpoints.

Arlington, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, El Paso, Houston, Dallas, and Austin were all featured in the study—and the researchers discovered that Arlington was the only metropolitan area that leaned right.

Read more about the study after the jump.The researchers, Chris Warshaw (MIT) and Chris Tausanovitch (UCLA), found that Austin was the most liberal city in Texas, followed by Dallas, then Houston, El Paso, and San Antonio. Each of these cities also has Democratic mayors.

Image courtesy of The Economist

Coincidentally, these liberal-leaning cities led by Democrats happen to be the same cities driving the economic growth behind Perry’s “Texas Miracle.”

Smaller cities like Amarillo, Abilene, and Midland leaned more conservative.

Natalie tweets from @nsanluis.

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Natalie San Luis

Natalie is a native Texan, a feminist, and a writer, focusing on reproductive justice, race, and pop culture. When she's not writing (and sometimes when she is), she's brewing beer, drinking beer, and reading stuff on the Internet. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, xoJane, The Billfold, Culturemap, and E3W Review of Books. She tweets from @nsanluis.

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