With public attention turning increasingly to the November elections and politics, we published a short quiz yesterday, Wednesday, asking readers to estimate the percentage of registered El Cerrito voters listed as Republican.
The answer will come as a surprise to the vast majority of those who responded, as it did to us.
El Cerrito has 13,437 registered voters, according to the latest figures from the Contra Costa County Elections Division. The number of Republicans is 1,326, or 9.9 percent.
Of the 84 responses to the quiz, 80 guessed a higher GOP ratio.
Democrats comprise the biggest part of the city's electorate by far – 63.5 percent – giving El Cerrito the third highest percentage of Democrats among Contra Costa County's 19 cities. The most Democratic city is Richmond (67.8 percent), followed by San Pablo (65.6 percent).
El Cerrito does lead the county in the ratio of Green Party members, however. With 296 registered Greens, its electorate is 2.2 percent Green, highest in Contra Costa.
Republicans outnumber Democrats in only two cities in the county, Clayton and Danville. Clayton is 39.0 percent GOP and 38.0 percent Democrat. Danville voters are 43.1 percent Republican and 33.9 percent Democrat. The Green Party in Danville represents 0.3 percent of the voters.
The pie chart accompanying this article shows each party's percentage in El Cerrito, and the accompanying bar chart shows what percent of voters are registered Democrat in each of the county's cities. Also attached in the Contra Costa County Elections Division chart on county voter registrations.
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