Athens, GA Politics: Is It Liberal or Conservative?

Election Results and Trends in Athens, GA

Athens, GA voted Democrat in the last Presidential election, with this party winning 70.2% of the votes counted, followed by 28.1% voting Republican and other parties voting 1.6%. Therefore, this city is considered as very liberal and is ranked 275 out of top 333 most populated US cities on being the most conservative and ranked 57 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 Athens, GA are: D D D D D D

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Athens, GA Presidential Voting Trend, 2000-2020

Athens, a city known for its vibrant culture and home to the University of Georgia, has shown a clear liberal trend in Presidential elections over the last 25 years. The Democrat candidates have generally performed well, including Bill Clinton in 1996, Al Gore in 2000, John Kerry (2004), Barack Obama (2008 and 2012), Hillary Clinton (2016), and Joe Biden (2020). The city's substantial young and academic population is likely contributing to this trend.

Local Elections

City-level elections in Athens have similarly trended liberal, particularly in recent years. Progressive candidates have increasingly captured seats on the Athens-Clarke County Commission. Adopting policies focusing on social equity and environmental stewardship reflects this shift towards a more progressive local government.