Chapter 5 - Political Geography

The political attitudes of the residents of Jefferson tend to lean generally towards libertarianism. Mistrust of government runs deep here, where there has historically been conflict between the interests of the government and the people. While the historical cause behind these feelings is no longer as relevant today as it once was, the general public is wary of big government. Another factor likely contributing to this outlook are the rural conditions of Jefferson State.

The ratio of registered democrats to republicans is relatively even, however there are local concentrations of both groups. Universities, such as Southern Oregon University and Humboldt State University, are hotspots of liberal activity. These universities tend to attract more environmentally oriented students due to a focus on environmental topics within the universities.

Other regions, such as Siskiyou County, lean more republican in political nature.