A new Gallup Poll has determined that Mississippi is the most conservative state and Vermont is the most liberal state in the country. The new poll reveals some interesting numbers from around the country, and could definitely give a base-point for how political campaigns are run for the 2012 election. It’s definitely an interesting look at the 50 states (and District of Columbia), but the numbers have a wide margin for error.
According to this Gallup Poll, pollsters conducted telephone interviews during 2010, basing their findings on a random sample of 182,538 adults who were older than 18. They selected the phone numbers using a random-digit-dial sampling method, and it took place in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error is stated to be no more than +/- 6 percentage points in any state, but advertised as within +/- 3 points in most states.
The findings definitely show that there are more people out there identifying themselves as conservatives than liberals, and there are definitely some states very heavily weighted in the direction of being conservative. There are 10 states that make the list as being 45 percent or more conservative than anything else, and there are no states that can make that claim when it comes to being liberal. The highest mark for being liberal is actually the District of Columbia at 41.1 percent, which is 10.6 percent higher than the highest state (Vermont).
Mississippi is named the most conservative state in the country, with 50.5 percent of the population declaring themselves to be conservative. Idaho comes in at 48.5 percent and then Alabama comes in at 48.3 percent, showing that they are some of the most conservative states as well. Rounding out the top five are Wyoming (47.4 percent) and Utah (47.3 percent), just ahead of the next five states. The rest of the top 10 most conservative states are South Dakota (46.9 percent), Louisiana (46.8 percent), North Dakota (46.7 percent), South Carolina (45.8 percent), and Arkansas (45.0 percent).
The most liberal state in the country is Vermont (30.5 percent), followed by Rhode Island (29.3 percent), Massachusetts (28.0 percent), Connecticut (26.7 percent), and New York (26.6 percent). Those are definitely some interesting numbers, and they show quite a distinct geographical relation, much like a group of the states on the conservative list. Finishing out the rest of the top liberal states are Oregon (26.3 percent), Colorado (26.0 percent), Washington (25.9 percent), and New Jersey (24.2 percent).
While these numbers are pretty interesting, they could also be quite indicative of how people are going to vote in upcoming elections. Now the conservative base knows exactly which states to play to the most, as do those who find themselves more liberal candidates.