Interactive map: What political bubble do you live in?

Every neighborhood in the city of Grand Rapids went Democratic in November, right? And everywhere north of, say, Saginaw is solid GOP country?

Not quite. 

In the first statewide map of precinct level results since the 2016 presidential election, Bridge allows readers to see how their neighborhood or community swung.

Islands of blue in deep sea of Trump red

Across Michigan, narrowly won by President Trump in a stunning reversal of expectations, pockets of Democrats backed Hillary Clinton. This map allows you to see if you agree with your neighbors; it's a first-of-its kind precinct-level map of the 2016 general election. You'll see Traverse City supported Clinton -- but overall, Grand Traverse County did not. And how precincts across the Upper Peninsula and in urban areas backed Clinton. And also how Trump rolled up huge margins in the rural Thumb and in western Michigan. To see how your precinct voted, type in your address, including your community, along with "MI" and ZIP code in the search box in the upper right. Once the map zeroes in on your neighborhood, click on the map to see how that area voted.

Source: Michigan Secretary of State

Don’t like being surrounded by Donald Trump supporters? In some cases, the data show, enveloping yourself in a bubble of progressive politics can be as simple as moving a few blocks west. 

More coverage: A conservative and two liberals swapped news feeds. It didn’t end well.

Yes, you’ll still see a clear ideological divide between voters in cities (largely Democratic) and those in rural areas (overwhelmingly Republican).

But this map now reveals some surprising bubbles of blue in dark-red regions, and vice versa, with abutting neighborhoods showing vast differences in voting preferences. 

So it is that a thin ribbon of Trump love appears in a neighborhood along East Fulton Street in Grand Rapids, an island in a sea of Hillary Clinton blue.  
Traveling north to the Upper Peninsula, classic Trump Country overall, you’ll spot two townships ‒ Mansfield and Mathias ‒ that serve as blue outposts for Clinton, each of them surrounded by Trump red.  

President Trump narrowly won Michigan, getting just over 10,000 more votes than former Secretary of State Clinton. He did so, in part, by rolling up overwhelming margins in rural areas of the state, with a number of counties switching from backing former President Obama in 2012 to supporting the GOP nominee in 2016.

Neighborly divides were plentiful across the state. 

For instance, Grand Traverse County backed Trump, giving him a 13-point victory over Clinton. But every precinct in the urban hub of Traverse City went for Clinton.

In suburban Detroit, Livonia backed Trump 49-45 percent. But a couple precincts in the southeastern part of that city backed Clinton.

Much has been written about Macomb County and the “Reagan Democrat.” Maybe they were really “Obama Republicans” – the blue-collar county went for President Obama in both 2008 and 2012. Macomb went for Trump 54-42 and almost every precinct in the northern part of the county or along Lake St. Clair backed Trump, with his support rising above 60 percent the farther north they sit.

Sometimes, the strongest support for two very different candidates sat side-by-side: In Saginaw County, the residents of Buena Vista Township, a majority African-American community, gave Clinton 81 percent of the vote. In the bordering township to east, voters in almost-all-white Blumfield Township gave Trump 80 percent of their support.

On the map, click on the precincts in and around your community to see how your neighbors voted in November. Ready to move? 

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Thu, 04/06/2017 - 9:33am

This is phenomenal - thank you!

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:36pm

This map is amazing!!

Patrick Mayer
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 2:53pm

Do you have the data in map form for previous elections? This is really useful stuff, so thanks either way.

Carol Wilson-Duffy
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 7:55pm

Please note that this is only the final outcome. It doesn't show that many areas were actually purple; for example, Dimondale (Windsor Charter 1A, 2A, and 3A) had two wards that Trump one, and one that Clinton one. This was a very close race. I think it's important to see the actual numbers not just a color. (And ones that were so close should be purple, not red (or blue). Total: Trump: 2,116; Clinton: 1,799

Windsor Charter #1A
Trump 766
Clinton 515

Windsor Charter #2A
Trump 766
Clinton 665

Windsor Charter #3A
Trump 584
Clinton 629

Just A Guy
Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:01pm

It's been an interesting navel-gazing by the left and center-left think tanks like Bridge to try to figure out how it happened that so many voters were left "unenlightened" and voted "against their own interests" in the last election.

Perhaps those disappointed by the results of the 2016 Presidential race should stare intently at this map and figure out that they actually don't hold a majority of the thought leadership for this state.

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:19pm

You do realize that vast red areas with very few people in them don't represent more people than the well-populated blue areas?

Jim tomlinson
Thu, 06/18/2020 - 8:43am

There has not been a conservative policy of value to the public writ large since eisenhower years.

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 5:01pm

On an iphone 7 plus the feature which allows you to plug in your zip etc to see how folks voted doesnt work- where is that feature located????

Brian Jackson
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 9:01am

Could you please clarify the boundaries on the interactive map at the municipal level because they are not precincts? Here is a link to the City of Lansing Precinct maps.

If you look up a zip or address within the City of Lansing on your interactive map, it does not match our 45 precincts. Having said that, I appreciate the effort to bring this type of data to the public.

Brian Jackson
Chief Deputy Clerk, City of Lansing


Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:17pm

That strip of Trump support on East Fulton in GR is largely a quirk of boundary drawing. It isn't that the people who live on those streets are necessarily Trump supporters, but it's an area that's refused incorporation by the city, which leaves it as part of Grand Rapids Township to the east. The township is a haven for white property-tax evaders who can be trusted to vote for anyone who promises to cut their taxes further, and thus fell for Trump.