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Numbers show Obama is very popular in Pleasanton

Original post made by Kelly T on Mar 13, 2013

The numbers don't lie. Obama is hugely popular in Pleasanton. In fact, just last November Obama got 19,175 votes in Pleasanton to Romney's 13,240 votes (Alameda Registrar of Voters). That is almost 6,000 (5,935 to be exact) more votes for Obama! What do you think makes Obama so adored in this town?

Alameda Registrar of Voters data: Web Link

Comments (21)

Posted by Kathleen, a resident of Las Positas Garden Homes
on Mar 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm

The numbers only show who voted. But many who didn't vote for either Obama or Romney - e.g. Libertarian or Tea - may actually have favored Romney. So it isn't accurate to say Pleasanton thinks Obama is popular. Only a relatively narrow sliver of the voting public thinks so. My hunch is that the people who didn't vote favored Romney, but may have been protesting a dysfunctional system where acorn gets a disproportionate number of votes.

Posted by Kathleen, a resident of Las Positas Garden Homes
on Mar 14, 2013 at 7:36 am

Another way to calculate this is as follows.... There are approximately 80 thousand residents of Pleasanton. Yet only 19,000 or so voted for Obama. Which means less than 1/4 of Pleasanton's population supports Obama. Links to follow.

Posted by Sal, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 14, 2013 at 7:59 am

"There are approximately 80 thousand residents of Pleasanton. Yet only 19,000 or so voted for Obama. Which means less than 1/4 of Pleasanton's population supports Obama. Links to follow."

Gee Kathleen, did you ever think that of those "80 thousand residents" many are underage and can't vote. Your math is way off.Pleasanton had over 78% voter turnout. That's a pretty solid turnout. Obama won 57% of the voter in Pleasanton while Romney got 40%. So only 3% of those who voted, picked someone other than Obama or Romney. Kathleen, your "hunch" is simply right-wing wishful thinking.

Posted by Sal, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 14, 2013 at 8:05 am

I guess Kathleen thinks all "80 thousand residents" in Pleasnton are adults over the age of 18. According to her, we have no kids in Pleasanton! Great conservative minds at work once again!

Posted by counter, a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

Interesting that the most accurate stat in Ms. K's posts was P'ton population at 80,000. Actually, it's 70,400 as of 2011. Web Link

As for the rest of her hunches, well, why choose that pesky reality when fantasy is so much more fun?

Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 14, 2013 at 10:42 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

This story says more about the declining mental capacity of Pleeasanton voters than it does about alleged support for a far left campaigner who cannot lead. But if you want to interpret that as unquestioning allegance for the Alinskyite in chief, go right ahead.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I think if voters had looked more closely at the language on the ballot, and the language used by campaign teams, they'd have voted differently. Still, I agree with Kathleen. Many people probably didn't vote because neither Romney nor Obama were clear enough with their language about what how they were going to spend the upcoming budget. Unfortunately, most of those would have gone into the Romney column.

Posted by counter, a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Wrong again, Buckos -- here's the UCDavis numbers on 2012 General Election turn-out by Party, for CoCo County -- assuming you'd agree that it more closely matches the demographics of Pleasanton than Alameda County does (those numbers are MUCH worse for you).


DEMS Voted 84.2% (222,006)

REPS Voted 86.0% (113,671)

NO PARTY Voted 74.4% (84,346)

OTHER PARTY Voted 76.4% (16,927)

TOTAL Voted 82.2% (436,950)

So, a higher percentage of GOP registrants cast ballots -- there just aren't very many of them. Yet another fantasy-based theory bites the dust. Google is your friend -- especially here, because a true friend will tell you when you're wrong, in LaLa Land, or both.

Posted by Sal, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Democrats really are the silent majority here in Pleasanton. Democrats win elections while conservatives rant on this forum, make loud noises, and wear tri-corner hats at Tea Party rallies. Conservatives are all style with no substance.

Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

The question was "What do you think makes Obama so adored in this town?" So far, most of the posters seem to prefer spending their time attacking Kathleen's comments or throwing barbs at those they perceive to be conservatives. How about posting an answer to the question -- What do you see in Obama's performance during his first term that made you want to give him a second term?

Posted by Hank, a resident of Parkside
on Mar 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Obamacare. Rescuing us from recession. Shepharding us back to health. Killed Osama bin Laden. Putting restrictions (not enough) on Wall Street. Putting restrictions on credit card companies and student loan operators. Fabulous Supreme Court choice. Relies upon a rhetoric of inclusion that is genuine, not divisive like Rupubs. Is not insane like most of the Republican candidates. Not a snivelling little liar like Romney. Got us out of Iraq. Taking us out of Afghanistan. Adored? Your term. Get a grip. Kathleen's comments, as usual, don't add up to much.

Posted by Whadahoot, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Mar 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Hank, your comments are tongue-in-cheek, right?

Posted by Steve, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Sal, just like you looney libs like to revise history, you can't seriously say conservatives display style over substance. Recent case in point (although there are countless others ) was feinsteins rant today against Ted Cruz regarding her wish to ban assault defense weapons.
To educate you, Sally, she reacted with an incoherent emotional rant to try to counter Cruz, who offered a reasoned and patient explanation as to hy her confiscation plan was unconstitutional.
So, a more accurate statement would be liberals and lefties in general act and speak based on pure emotion, without a consideration for logic or reason whatsoever.
Weak effort sal.......but then I bet you felt better, once you posted, feeding emotional need and abandoning logic altogether.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Parkside
on Mar 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Hank, you are a looney Obama groupie. Must be based on some pent up liberal, racist guilt.
Lets dispel your lunacy, one point at a time:
The recession...he was prevented by the republican house from damaging the economy further, otherwise the situation would be much worse. Left alone, without nanny stae interference, the relatively free market economy reaching an inevitable correction from his initial election.
Health? TB is rampant due to his uncontrolled immigration policies. His school food program meddling is causing students to be undernourished.
Inclusion and Supreme Court appt.......he does not consider the most qualified appointee, only the one who will create the best photo op. he is a racist in his hiring practices and unashamedly so.
Not insane or a liar? All he has done is lie....Benghazi, blaming the closure of White House tours on the secret service. Insane? Drone killings that can target us citizens our our soil? Advocating gun confiscations? Deciding which laws he will selectively enforce? (Actually, that sample is not just insane, but unconstitutional)
I could go on, but I'm not on the govt dole and must get to back to supporting my family without assistance from the nanny state.
Get a grip,'re dillusional.

Posted by Hank, a resident of Parkside
on Mar 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

It's 'delusional', Steve. Which is what you and other habitual Weasel Zipper readers are. "Dillusional" is an expression used by repressed, immature minds who are obsessed with pickles and other phallic objects. Have a good evening, and may your dreams be ever-filled with lollipops and popsickles.

Posted by Dean W., a resident of Civic Square
on Mar 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm


Posted by Hankie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Hank, it's Popsicles, not Popsickles, unless you're a commie obsessed with large curve shaped objects. Here's hoping you find one of those in the near future or in the end.

Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2013 at 6:30 am

Geeez Hank,

I've been offline since my earlier post and just got a chance to revisit the PW site.

I know a few hard-core democrats, but even they couldn't top your list. -- Even Chris Matthews would have to think twice about a couple of your reasons.

I have only one question after reading your post. When are you going to get your tattoo of Saint Obama?

Posted by hoops, a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

If Obama had 80 % of the vote the Obama haters would still find a way to rationalize away the reality.
After 5 or 6 years of listening to all of this BS I have come to the following conclusions.....Obama has not played the political schmoozing game very well with the Republicans and for that reason I hold him responsible almost as much as the Republicans for the inability to get any compromise done.I also firmly believe that a lot of the hatred toward Obama is racial,especially when you see where it is coming from.100% guaranteed if Kerry was pres with the exact same policies,hate would still be there ,but not at this level.
To be brutally honest,this whole thing is just an embarrasment to our country.The Republicans need someone like Reagan or Bush # 1 and they need to send all of the yahoos who grab all of the publicity like Palin and that gang back to where they should be,away from the national scene.The extremism has really gotten old and we need the grownups to take back the party.
The truth about Obama is that he pretty moderate in most areas unless you are a far right conservative.I am not an Obama fanatic by any means,but I find him to be very intelligent and in tune with what the majority of the people in this country want.He has made mistakes like all presidents have but the degree of hatred toward this good and decent man is unprecedented.I really believe that a good portion of white America cannot deal with the changing demographics and see him as a symbol.....thus the hatred and fear.There is a lot of fear in the far right and that along with a lot of sort of brainwashing by all the propaganda is a dangerous combination.We will see how it all plays out and history will judge Obama's presidency,and I have a feeling he will be judged quite well.

Posted by Helen, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Nice try, Steve. I award you 3 Zucchinis before Hank can award you less.

Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Hoops, you are so right about the opposition to obama being racial.

It has absolutely nothing to do with his radical agenda, lack of leadership or experience in the real world, lack of transparency in his administration, inability to reach consensus or compromise, inability to produce a single budget that even his own party would approve, failure to close Gitmo or end the Afghan war (as he promised), over-reaching with obamacare (currently unfavored by more than 55% of registered voters), overspending on separate vacations for his family, $3 million golf outings with Tiger (who may not cheat in golf, but certainly does in marriage), etc.
But, since you brought up race, let's talk about his affirmative action cabinet and that he cannot hire the most qualified individuals for a job. He is concerned only with the optics of appointing people that fill a quote or let's him populate the 'oppressed minority' bubble on his demographics surveys.

We will see how it all plays out and history will judge obamas presidency....alongside others such as Jimmy Carter.

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