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Political Leanings is an Institute side quest in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Institute side quest: Political Leanings
Talk to Justin Ayo in The Institute.
Travel to Diamond City and head to the Mayor McDonough's office.
Get the report.
Bring the report to Ayo.
Rewards: 75 XP
*100 caps

Detailed walkthroughEdit

Speak with Justin Ayo in The Institute. He tells the Sole Survivor that Diamond City's Mayor McDonough is a synth and was put into place to monitor the evolution of The Commonwealth. Ayo periodically sends someone out to Diamond City to retrieve McDonough's report, and asks the Sole Survivor to do this for him. After traveling to Diamond City and finding Mayor McDonough, he'll already have been informed that the Sole Survivor was on their way and gives them the report. Once the report is retrieved, the player character will need to travel back to The Institute and give it to Ayo to complete the quest. Once given the report, Ayo can also be pushed, with a speech check, to give a reward. If successful, he'll give 100 caps.

Quest stagesEdit

StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
100 Talk to Mayor McDonoughDr. Ayo of the SRB has asked me to collect an intelligence report from the Mayor McDonough synth in Diamond City.
200 Take the Mayor's report to Justin AyoI collected the intelligence report from the Mayor McDonough synth, and now I need to deliver it to Dr. Ayo in the Institute.
1000Quest finishedIcon checkQuest completeI collected an intelligence report from the Mayor McDonough synth, and I successfully delivered it to Dr. Ayo in the Institute.
1500Quest failedIcon crossQuest failed


  • Companion reactions to this quest:
  • Though the player character has proof the mayor is a synth, they cannot give the report to Piper (or anyone else), even if she is there to react to meeting the mayor (i.e Piper, who hates meeting the mayor but does not say anything about it). He is discovered only after finishing the main quest by siding with anyone but the Institute and entering into Diamond City, starting the quest "In Sheep's Clothing."
  • This quest is repeatable, if the player character waits for a while then Ayo will ask them to pick up another report.