By Andrew Merkle
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter
In the first installment of the Ingham County Chronicle’s series on election coverage, we examined Ingham County’s voting history and learned through POLITICO that the county has historically voted for the candidate representing the Democratic Party.
Dating back to the 2004 presidential election, the county has voted for the candidate from the Democratic Party in each and every biannual election (six times).
After an unscientific polling of 50 Ingham County residents, a majority of them said they are affiliated with the Democratic Party. Thirty-one of the 50 residents surveyed consider themselves to be Democrats compared to just 11 Republicans. Eight residents claim to be independents. The survey consisted of 32 women and 18 men spread across all ages, educational backgrounds and employment statuses.
The nation’s economy was the most important issue, according to the residents surveyed, with an array of issues under the umbrella of social issues combining to take second place.
A majority of the 50 residents surveyed support Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton. The county supported the Democratic nominee in 2004, 2008 and 2012.