- The Washington Times - Monday, August 15, 2005

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES — The political chasm in the United States between liberals and conservatives also reflects a growing racial divide, according to a study released last week.

The most conservative U.S. cities have mainly white populations and the most liberal areas have large black communities, said the Bay Area Center for Voting Research in Berkeley, Calif., which examined voting patterns in 237 American cities.

The survey ranked Provo, Utah, as the most conservative city, with 86 percent of voters supporting President Bush or Republican candidates in last year’s presidential election, said Jason Alderman, a researcher at the center.

Provo has a virtually all-white population and is home to the Mormon church’s Brigham Young University, the largest church-affiliated college in the country.

Detroit, which has a predominantly black population, topped the liberal list, followed by Gary, Ind.; Berkeley; and the nation’s capital, Washington.

“Detroit and Provo epitomize America’s political, economic and racial polarization,” the center said.

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