New Gallup Poll Shows More Conservatives Than Liberals in Every State

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 17, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Gallup Poll Shows More Conservatives Than Liberals in Every State

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 17
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — A new Gallup poll shows, in all 50 states, more Americans identify themselves as conservative than liberals. Although there are many pro-life liberals, the poll is good news for the pro-life movement as it confirms several recent polls showing a majority of Americans pro-life or movement in the pro-life direction.

The most conservative states are found primarily in the South, led by Alabama and Mississippi.

Most of the top 10 conservative states are regarded as some of the most pro-life — in terms of the candidates they elect or the laws the state legislature passes. They included Utah, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North and South Dakota, Idaho and Wyoming.

In those states, a plurality of 44-49 percent of voters call themselves conservative, according to the Gallup survey released August 14.

The top 10 states where residents call themselves liberals includes pro-abortion and pro-assisted suicide bastions like Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey, California, Hawaii and Connecticut.

Each of the states are known for their pro-abortion political stalwarts and for passing legislation promoting abortion, assisted suicide and forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.

The top 10 liberal states were less liberal than the conservative states were conservative as just 24-29 percent of the residents called themselves liberal.

Washington, DC, was the only place in the Gallup poll where a plurality of residents said they were liberal, and just 37 percent said so in the new survey.

The overall percentages of self-declared conservatives in each state range from a high of 49% in Alabama to a low of 23% in the nation’s capital. The "liberal" label is embraced least commonly in Louisiana.

The percentage of people calling themselves moderates varies by state — from 43% in Hawaii and Rhode Island down to 32% in Alabama.

Of note, the Gallup map of states where conservatives outnumbered liberals by the smallest portions, apart from the top 10 liberal states previously mentioned, includes a list of the top election battlegrounds in the nation. Nevada, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia and Florida are included in that list.

Although Americans are conservative, their views haven’t transitioned into the typical conservative-liberal party breakdown.

The Gallup poll shows the problem Republicans have as Democrats have a clear lead when Americans are ask to identify with a particular party.

"In fact, while all 50 states are, to some degree, more conservative than liberal (with the conservative advantage ranging from 1 to 34 points), Gallup’s 2009 party ID results indicate that Democrats have significant party ID advantages in 30 states and Republicans in only 4," Gallup noted.

"Despite the Democratic Party’s political strength — seen in its majority representation in Congress and in state houses across the country — more Americans consider themselves conservative than liberal," the polling firm concluded.

"When considered with party identification, these ideology findings highlight the role that political moderates currently play in joining with liberals to give the Democratic Party its numerical advantage," it said.

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