With less than a month left until the presidential election on November 8, all eyes are on the polls—which currently have Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton all but trouncing the too-terrible-to-even-come-up-with-a-cutesy-descriptor-anymore Republican nominee Donald Trump.
But polls tell but one part of the story when it comes to how a candidate may do in the election; another way to figure that out is by looking at how many donations a candidate has gotten. In that vein, Renthop recently scoured FEC disclosures for all of the 2016 presidential campaigns (because somewhere, someone is still taking Jill Stein seriously) to see how contributions vary across the five boroughs. (h/t Brick Underground)
The results aren’t all that surprising: Clinton has a significant lead over Trump, with 88 percent of all active donors in NYC contributing to her campaign. Support for the former Secretary of State is particularly strong in Manhattan, north and central Brooklyn, and northwest Queens. Trump strongholds, meanwhile, tend to be in the outer parts of the outer-boroughs, particularly Staten Island (where 534 unique donors have contributed to the Trump campaign, versus 319 to Clinton), Breezy Point in Queens, and Dyker Heights and Borough Park in Brooklyn.
And yes, the data isn’t all that surprising, particularly if you pay attention to NYC politics—of course 11201, the zip code representing Brooklyn Heights, is solidly in the Clinton camp. And of course Republican stronghold Staten Island is pretty much on the Trump train (even though the borough’s paper of record, the Staten Island Advance, endorsed Clinton over the weekend).
One thing to keep in mind is that this all comes from a fairly small sample size: Renthop looked at contributions from "unique donors" (that is, individual people who contributed to a campaign, irrespective of how many times they’ve donated), versus actual dollar amounts given to a candidate. That number is only around 30,000, which is hardly representative of the more than 4 million people registered to vote in NYC, much less the 8 million people who live in the city overall.