Oakland, CA Politics: Is It Liberal or Conservative?

Election Results and Trends in Oakland, CA

Oakland, CA voted Democrat in the last Presidential election, with this party winning 80.2% of the votes counted, followed by 17.7% voting Republican and other parties voting 2.1%. Therefore, this city is considered as very liberal and is ranked 324 out of top 333 most populated US cities on being the most conservative and ranked 8 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 Oakland, CA are: D D D D D D

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Oakland, CA Presidential Voting Trend, 2000-2020

Oakland has been a stronghold for liberal voters for the last 25 years. Within Alameda County, Democrat candidates have consistently won presidential elections, including Bill Clinton (1996), Al Gore (2000), John Kerry (2004), Barack Obama (2008, 2012), Hillary Clinton (2016), and Joe Biden (2020). The city's progressive electorate has played a significant role in shaping the statewide political landscape.

Local Elections

At the city level, Oakland's politics have also been decidedly liberal. Mayors such as Jerry Brown, Jean Quan, and Libby Schaaf have supported progressive housing, education, and public safety policies. The City Council's composition has largely leaned left, reflecting Oakland's status as a hub for progressive activism and policies.