Now you can see just how much of a political bubble you live in, and be properly shamed for it.
A new interactive tool by The New York Times shows you a breakdown of the political party registration of your closest 1,000 neighbors.
In Portland, that bubble is blue. The breakdown at a Northeast Portland ZIP code in the Woodlawn neighborhood showed that a mere 5% of the closest 1,000 neighbors are registered Republican.
It’ll explain to you just much of a political silo you live in by sharing the closest a ZIP code that has about an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. For the Woodlawn address, that ZIP code is only 5 miles away (but happened to be across the river in Vancouver, Wash.).
“Not everyone’s as politically isolated as you,” a text bubble reads as you scroll past your own personal map with thousands of red and blue dots on it. “There’s a ZIP code 5 miles away with a roughly equal mix of Democrats and Republicans.”
Willamette Week’s office, situated in the heart of Slabtown in Northwest Portland, has only 9% neighbors registered Republican.
Nike’s campus in Beaverton is a little more politically diverse, surrounded by 59% Democrats and about an even split between Independent and Republican voters.
At an address in Malheur County, Ore., it’s the reverse: Only 13% swung Democrat.
As legislators work to redraw Oregon House and Senate and congressional district boundaries now that Oregon stands to gain a sixth congressional seat based on 2020 U.S census data, this tool might come in handy.