Los Angeles, CA Politics: Is It Liberal or Conservative?

Election Results and Trends in Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA voted Democrat in the last Presidential election, with this party winning 71.0% of the votes counted, followed by 26.9% voting Republican and other parties voting 2.1%. Therefore, this city is considered as very liberal and is ranked 279 out of top 333 most populated US cities on being the most conservative and ranked 40 out of 333 on being the most liberal city.

Presidential Elections Voting Trend

The last six Presidential election results (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) for Los Angeles, CA are: D D D D D D
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Los Angeles, CA Presidential Voting Trend, 2000-2020

Los Angeles has predominantly voted for Democrat candidates in the last 25 years in presidential elections. The trend began with Bill Clinton's victories in 1996 and 2000, followed by John Kerry in 2004, Barack Obama (2008 and 2012), Hillary Clinton (2016), and Joe Biden in 2020. Republicans have failed to carry the city, including Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Donald Trump. This persistent pattern signifies the city's alignment with liberal ideologies.

Local Elections

In city-level elections, Los Angeles has also largely leaned liberal. Mayors such as Richard Riordan (a Republican with moderate stances), James Hahn, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Eric Garcetti have either been Democrats or have governed with bipartisan or progressive agendas. Democrats have also dominated the City Council's composition. The enduring pattern of liberal dominance mirrors the city's general preference for progressive policies.