Trenton, Grosse Ile Residents Voted Very Differently in 2012 Election

Residents voted quite differently from one side of the Detroit River to the other. It's safe to say, Trenton and Grosse Ile residents did not see eye-to-eye in the 2012 election.

The Detroit River isn't the only thing dividing Trenton and Grosse Ile residents on post-election Wednesday. The 2012 election also showed a significant division between the voting communities.

The majority of Trenton residents voted for Barrack Obama, while most Grosse Ile residents voted for Mitt Romney. Over 61 percent of Grosse Ile residents voted for Romney and over 51 percent of Trenton voters selected Obama on the ballot.

Voters who voted a straight ticket in Trenton most often voted Democratic (57 percent), while over 64 percent of Grosse Ile voters selected a Republican ticket.

Here are the unofficial results for the Trenton and Grosse Ile elections in races that affected both communities:

  • Wayne County Commissioner, 15th District: 58 percent of Trenton voted Democratic and 58 percent of Grosse Ile voted Repubican.
  • State Representative, 23rd District: 52 percent of Trenton voted Democratic and 67 percent of Grosse Ile voted Republican.
ttownmom November 07, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Really Kim, so you believe the majority of the country is less informed than you? Maybe you spend too much time hiding on your island.
sine-of-the-times November 07, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Kim, I hope you are joking. What bigotry. Nate, this is why I don't like to be combined with the GI, give them their own patch. They seem to need one that suits their separatist feelings.
sine-of-the-times November 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
What will happen when their property values drop so much that ANYONE can afford to live on the "island"! LOL! "Occupy the island"!
michelle November 07, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Kim- So Trenton voters should bow down to GI's, much wiser voters? We do not know anything? Heaven forbid someone has a differing opinion (funny that would be over 50% of the people). Why don't you just take the voting rights away from us so poorly educated Trentonites? I mean we are just simple folks that can barely read. For the record, I did follow the items I considered important and voted how I wished. I bet you think we all fall into the "47%" too. I have a degree from U of M, I graduated from Trenton High, my household income exceeds that of the median household income on Grosse Ile. I have been continuously employed full time my entire adult life. I'm not doing too bad and I still voted along the lines of those in my city. So what does that make me? So far, I have been called (directly or indirectly) slime, moron, socialist, communist, stupid, insane and the list goes on. Can't everyone respect that we all have the RIGHT to believe and vote how we wish. Just because someone's opinion differs from yours does not mean that person is any less intelligent or educated. If your candidate lost, that meant a large group of people voted for the other person. I don't hate Republicans either. I would have voted for McCain if he didn't have Palin by his side. I may tend to lean to one side but it doesn't mean I can't change my mind.
michelle November 07, 2012 at 10:22 PM
sine- its down now. I've seen waterfront property under $300k. I wouldn't want to live with the snobs anyway. Home values are going back up. Things are getting better. Its slow but it is happening. Besides to Kim is wrong. Per this very article, more GI people voted a straight ticket then Trenton did. Gi 64% repub ticket to Trenton's 57% Dem ticket. So more of our people did mix it up.
cscharlt November 08, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Kim, like everyone else said do us a favor and just stay on that island of yours. I heard just driving through our humble city of trenton can make you dumber. Like Michelle I share the same Alma matter and also make more money than your GI median. Don't you silly people that were in the minority this election realize the majority of the general public DOES NOT agree with you? It is your exact mentality that has driven our country into such a bi-partisan system that is splitting the country along socioeconomic lines. Thank god everyone's vote counts the same so bigots like you don't get stuck taking the reigns and keeping us dumb Trenton lemmings from running the country into the ground. Maybe if you reached out to your fellow community members and treated them like equals rather than some dump you have to drive through to get home then it wouldn't take changes in our country stemming from the president to better this place were so quick to criticize.
Tracy Loger November 08, 2012 at 02:35 AM
The statement made by Kim, is EXACTLY why the Republican party cant win. Most think they are better than others, smarter than others, and the truth is, they just make themselves look ugly and ignorant by making statements like that. Is the air different on Grosse Ile, makes you smarter and more informed? REALLY? I could keep going, but truthfully, that statement doesnt even deserve an argument...............
sine-of-the-times November 08, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Perfect analysis Tracy!
HilleryL November 08, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Wow- calm down people! She said "fellow Trentonites"-so I believe she if from Trenton-but even if she is not, she has a right to her opinion. Not all people who live on Grosse Ile are snobs or rich-I have lived in both communities. The government likes to keep us little people at each other's throats over nonsense so they can take our money and spend it however they wish-let's all work at holding them more accountable with OUR money!
michelle November 08, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Sorry HIllery. Thanks for trying to keep the peace. I'm just so fed up with being told I'm less informed because I chose to vote the way I did. Whether she lives here or there is irrelevant. Just because we don't vote the same does not make anyone any better than I am. I didn't say she was wrong to vote the way she did. I'm just tired of keeping my mouth shut when people act like everyone who votes Democrats are "the 47%" or ignorant or (fill in the insulting adjective). I didn't go around calling anyone anything (although I did exaggerate). I have friends that vote differently from me and I respected their decision and since they are true friends they respect mine. We can laugh about it and how it is great we can all vote and not be told what to do. If Kim was not so insulting to those of us who have differing opinions then she wouldn't have received the reaction she did. As for the last part of what you say, I agree. Too bad we can't get non-politicians into office. They are so far removed from reality. With the gridlock nothing gets done and what does get accompished is done by providing favors. They don't listen to what we have to say and what we all really want. Most people I know are in the middle on issues. The extreme ends are not the norm for this country. However, when given a choice other than Dem or Rep they do not have a real shot at winning.
Diana Jackson November 08, 2012 at 03:06 PM
All of these comments just reinforce that the great Campaigner & Chief has divided this country....more than I have ever seen in my lifetime...the real problem is that we ALL have to live with poor decisions...not just half of the county....sad....
Les November 08, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Trenton voters have the habit of voting however the union tells them to vote ---- Grosse Ile voters vote by their own thought process and knowledge
Mark Robinson November 08, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Well said Diana.Sad day and times for the financial and moral direction of this country.
michelle November 08, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Les, I'm not union so how could they tell me how to vote? Personally, I have some issues with the unions myself. Eh, you like to ruffle the feathers so I'm not going to go into this more. You are generalizing things again. Not all Trentonites are union, just as I'm sure some people on GI ARE union. Its not black and white.
Ron November 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
At the end of the day its how the democratic process works. That being said I think its rediculous what happen in some other states in the country with voters waiting for almost 7 hours to vote. I agree with the President. This has to be fixed. In the next presidential election I want to see electronic voting online. Let's get with the times and take advantage of the technology that we have.
michelle November 08, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I've been complaining about the ability to vote online also. It makes sense. Soc Sec has you get your statements online now. I can pay my bills online. I can do my taxes online so why can't I vote online? Its secure enough for all of those other things...
Ron November 08, 2012 at 06:38 PM
They tried it in New York this time. But only because of all the problems they had following hurricane Sandy. I haven't heard how that went though. But I agree Michelle.
sine-of-the-times November 08, 2012 at 09:15 PM
and "Faux News" is a great place to get your info I'm sure! Did they tell you that the Republicans met the day the president was inaugurated and decided they'd do anything to have this president fail? Sounds like the real source of the problem.
Diana Jackson November 09, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Reply to sine....Already blaming the Republican Party.. Democrats cannot own anything they do/don't do...it is always someones else's fault...who will they blame for Libya?
sine-of-the-times November 09, 2012 at 01:58 AM
"Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell candidly remarked in 2010, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”" http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2012/06/13/gop-strategy-block-obama-then-blame-him.html is a good read.
Dean Massalsky November 09, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Grosse Ile has more '1 Percenters' Nate. It leans hard right. Trenton has far more working class people. Grosse Ile is top heavy with either old auto money or higher end white collar. Nothing wrong with it, but I am pretty sure the per capita income on Grosse Ile is higher.
Dean Massalsky November 09, 2012 at 02:26 PM
How did that steady diet of 'information' taste on Wednesday morning? GOP info is the nutritional equivalent of Cheetos. Cheap, convenient, salty, fluffy, crunchy, but void of any nutritional value. The entire GOP strategy blew up in their faces. Being 'informed' only counts if your source is credible. Their are plenty of good people in the GOP, and while I oppose many of the main ideas, their voices are part of America too. But none of them (the smart Republicans)have leadership, most choosing to avoid leadership to distance themselves from the absolute idiots who ran this last campaign. Boehner (Mr. Rip healthcare out by its Roots aka Crybaby), McConnell (aka I Feel So Bad About My Turduckin Neck) and Palin ( A pretty yet unfunny version of Roseanne Barr) ? The 60 Minutes interview from last week is a key example. When a party puts everything on hold ONLY to defeat a President, the COUNTRY loses. Smart people reject ideologies like that, which is why Mitt is home programming his DVR to catch up on the Cake Boss and the rest of them are shuffling around like shell shocked Walking Dead zombies in the never ending quest for....brains.
c-ya@theballgame November 11, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Dear Kim, I'm a little late in the conversation.........I was off to see the wizard to ask him for a brain. He said if you make the journey this week he would help you. Don't smell the poppies...you'll never make it. You "can" make lemonade out of lemons......providing they aren't so rotten that they are useless. That's what Obama was handed...rotten lemons and you expect sweet tea and crumpets along with them. I do not make above the GI median, but I am not below your intelligence.........so don't hate the messengers even though you hate the message.
c-ya@theballgame November 11, 2012 at 04:07 AM
I agree.......I couldn't have said it better.
c-ya@theballgame November 11, 2012 at 04:22 AM
G W...where it belongs.
c-ya@theballgame November 11, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Dear Les, We all vote with our own knowledge, if you think Trenton is for the UAW, perhaps it is because Chrysler keeps Trenton alive by paying over $2,767,700+ in taxes per year. Look it up at : https://is.bsasoftware.com/BSA.IS/default.aspx. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, even if you aren’t for the UAW…they are a major component as to why we are alive. And they paid it back http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/24/autos/chrysler....... Did Wallstreet? You are probably a Mitt fan even though he said let Detroit Go Bankrupt. Do you drive a foreign piece of junk? Where have you been? WE are part of Detroit……..even though you can deny it since you don’t live downtown and live on your little island. We…….all of our suburbs………ARE the Motor City. Thank goodness you weren’t my back seat driver….of my American made vehicle while I went to vote. I might have had to stop at some Japanese restaurant to shut you up.
c-ya@theballgame November 12, 2012 at 02:53 AM
michelle November 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Facts...no name calling. :-) Thanks for the post.
michelle November 12, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Mark, the comment on morals is gross. I try to do what is right. I help others without asking for anything in return. Just because I don't agree with you and I'm not a republican doesn't mean I lack morals. I'm also in the financial industry and they are not suffering. They are the ones that helped cause the big fat mess we are in. The little people are hurting, not those that got us here. Do those executives who got us here have good morals? Many Repubs HATE helping those below them. They look down with disdain on those who are not as educated or as wealthy as them. Is that what Jesus would do? You judge and condemn others that are not essentially like you or believe what you do but that isn't what Jesus would have done. So quit being a hypocrite. There are plenty of moral Democrats. Just because we believe in giving people rights and not telling them what to do, does not mean we don't have our own values. We just respect the rights of others to believe what they want or to do what they want. I don't agree with abortion; couldn't have one myself but it doesn't mean I feel the government has the right to tell people what to do with their bodies. Just as I don't think it is right for China to force abortions so people stay in line with their 1 child. I don't care if gay people get married. Why does it have to be a government thing? Why do they care as long as they are not forcing your church to marry them.
Dean Massalsky November 12, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I guess I did not catch the 'moral direction of the country' part. That so many people are unwilling to help the less fortunate, contribute a small amount to provide a safety net and seem to be more worried about gay marriage than the realities of an unsustainable oil habit, our infrastructure and stopping our worldwide wars blows my mind. The moral issue I see is a general lack of empathy towards others, especially those who are different from what any one of us sees as normal. I am also frequently puzzled by people who are purportedly devout "religious', yet are insistent on judging. But, whatever, the right wing has 4 years to regroup and try again. This time out, the smarter person won. I predict Hillary Clinton will run next time and send the GOP further scrambling.


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