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Gallup: Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 47 of 50 States

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 05:49 PM

In 47 states out of 50, conservatives outnumber liberals, according to pollsters Gallup.

Even as the number of those who self-identify as liberals or moderates has increased in recent years, Gallup notes, conservatives still significantly outnumber either group, and the increase in liberals has come from the tally of moderates.

In 2014, Gallup found that in the U.S., 38 percent of those polled identified themselves as conservatives, 34 percent as moderates, and only 24 percent as liberal.

The top 10 conservative states include Mississippi, at 48.9 percent, the most conservative state; followed by Alabama, 46.5 percent; Louisiana, 45.7 percent; Utah, 44.6 percent; Arkansas, 43.8 percent; Tennessee, 43.2 percent; Montana, 43.1 percent; Idaho, 43 percent; Oklahoma, 42.9 percent; and South Carolina, 42.3 percent.

Of the top 10 liberal states, Massachusetts was the most liberal, at 30.3 percent; followed by Vermont, 29.8 percent; Hawaii, 29.6 percent; New York, 27.6 percent; Oregon, 27.5 percent; California, 27.5 percent; Washington, 27.4 percent; Connecticut, 26.9 percent; Maryland, 26.7 percent; and New Jersey, 25.5 percent.

If the District of Columbia were considered a state, it would be the most liberal of all, at 36.3 percent.

"Mississippi was the most conservative state in 2008 and remains the most conservative in 2014, with 49 percent of residents identifying as conservative in both years," Gallup notes. "Three states, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Montana, were not in the top 10 list in 2008 but are in 2014, while South Dakota, Wyoming, and Texas dropped out of the top 10 list over the past seven years."

The Christian Post noted that the margin of error in the study varied from 3 to 6 points.

"When taking this uncertainty due to sampling into account, the three states where liberals outnumbered conservatives and eight additional states, New York, California, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, Connecticut and Delaware, can be considered a statistical tie."

"Americans have become slightly less conservative and more liberal in recent years, while at the same time, with a few exceptions, the differences in ideology across the 50 states have generally remained quite stable. The most conservative states both seven years ago and now are mainly located in the South and the Mountain West, while the most liberal states are basically located along the East and West Coasts," Gallup editor in chief Frank Newport commented.

However, there are some anomalies, such as New Hampshire, at 36.9 percent more conservative than the average, yet bordered by Massachusetts and Vermont, two of the most liberal states in the union.

Illinois, at 24.6 percent one of the more liberal states, borders Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana, which are more conservative, Gallup notes.

Delaware is, by far, the most moderate state, with 43.9 percent listing themselves as moderates, compared to 28.6 conservative and 23.1 liberal.

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In 47 states out of 50, conservatives outnumber liberals, according to pollsters Gallup. Even as the number of those who self-identify as liberals or moderates has increased in recent years, Gallup notes, conservatives still significantly outnumber either group.
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