Minneapolis, St. Paul in top tier of 'liberal cities' list

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Both Minneapolis and St. Paul came in high on a new list of most liberal American cities, but that shouldn't be surprising. The study that looked at liberal versus conservative leanings in American urban areas confirms the conventional wisdom that most big cities swing liberal.

The study, to be published in the scholarly journal American Political Science Review, ranks Minneapolis as the sixth most liberal city in the U.S.

St. Paul ranked as the 13th in most liberal city (see the chart of cities below).

The study, done in tandem by researchers from MIT and UCLA, relied on seven large-scale surveys to rank 67 U.S. cities with populations of 250,000 or more. The findings, summarized in The Economist and on the FiveThirtyEight blog, used detailed data to create an ideological score for more than 1,600 towns and cities.

By the way, the nation's most liberal city is San Francisco, followed by Washington, D.C., and Seattle. The most conservative city is Mesa, Arizona, followed by Oklahoma City and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

In a 2012 Gallup poll, Minnesota was not ranked in the top 10 states with the most people who identify as liberal.

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