What makes a great city for a conservative or liberal, or moderate for that matter?
Clearly the political landscape is important. Do the people around you share your beliefs and values? Are your elected officials in Washington D.C. representing your interests? Or is your town full of hippie liberals trying to raise your taxes and force you to do yoga and build bike lanes?
Being a great place to live is about more than just politics. Do people around you also take part in the kinds of activities, watch the same shows, shop at the same stores and have similar interests to you? What are those goods and services, and how do they differ from party to party?
To make our list a little more geographically balanced, we took the most-skewed city in each state until we had our Top 10. Most Republican strongholds are located in small towns.
10. Benton, AR
- Romney won 70% of the vote here in 2012.
- U.S. Representative: Tim Griffin, Republican.
- Griffin sponsored the Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Protection Act.
Benton is located in Saline County in Arkansas. Even Arkansas native Bill Clinton, a Democrat, had a hard time finding support in conservative Benton.
Clinton won the popular vote here in 1996 by an 8 percent margin. Since then, voters in Benton and surrounding Saline County have backed Republican presidential candidates.
Most Benton residents identify themselves as conservative, although voters in the larger 2nd Congressional District have supported several Democratic representatives.
The district’s current representative, Tim Griffin, is a Republican who leans far to the right on most social and financial issues, according to GovTrack.
Griffin recently applauded the Supreme Court decision that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. He has received awards from both the American Conservative Union and the American Family Association for maintaining a conservative voting record.
Residents here are likely to …
- Drive a Buick.
- Eat at Chic-fil-A.
- Shop at Sam’s Club.
- Watch The Bachelorette.
- Read Good Housekeeping.