August 2nd, 2010
08:33 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Wyoming and Mississippi reddest of the red states

The 2008 election results map.
The 2008 election results map.

Washington (CNN) – Wyoming and Mississippi are the two most conservative states in the nation, according to a new national poll.

A Gallup survey released Monday indicates that 53 percent of residents in each state identify themselves as conservatives rather than moderates or liberals, with Utah coming in third with 51 percent identifying as conservatives and South Dakota is fourth at 50 percent.

According to the poll, 42 percent of District of Columbia residents describe themselves as liberal, with Rhode Island in second at 32 percent while Connecticut and Vermont tied for third at 29 percent.

The list of most conservative states includes five from the South, three from the West and three from the Midwest. The most liberal states are mostly in the Northeast, but also include Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

The top 10 conservative states have no less than 46 percent of respondents identifying themselves as conservatives while the top 10 liberal states have no less than 25 percent identifying themselves as liberals. The higher identification threshold for conservatives should not be a surprise, since for years polls have indicated that more Americans call themselves conservatives than liberals.

The results of the survey are based on Gallup Daily tracking polls conducted January through June, with 90,942 people nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus one percentage point.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    What is the total combined population of the states mentioned? Percentage means practically nothing without the individual populations of each state sampled. Between Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota & Mississippi aren't there like 20 total resident??? To be legitimate you need the individual state population listed!

    August 2, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Rufus

    "Stupid is as stupid does".

    August 2, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. msgijoe

    Laughing Out Loud!!! Mississippi as a most conservative state when it receives 2 dollars from the Federal Government for every 1 dollar its citizens pay in Federal taxes? Of course the word "Conservative" has many different meaning and a poll focusing on just that word has little meaning other than stirring agitation among folks who do little thinking for themselves.

    August 2, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Bill

    If Mississippi is what "conservative" policies offer, I'll pass.

    Number 50 in the nation in just about EVERYTHING and most "conservative". A real shocker.

    August 2, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Interesting. Not. However, I'm sure it will be hilarious reading conservatives trying to claim that these statistics somehow show that most of the country agrees with the lunatic fringe Teatards. Extrapolate away my true-believing neighbors...amuse me.

    August 2, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. mike

    what it comes down to is issues that effect the voters and when it means some sacrifice we then become conservative and when it means that we are going to get something out of it we then become liberal that is how we were taught lets put everything in a box and label it this way we can say this voter is in one group or another just like when we were in high school and there was the jocks,nerds,geeks you name it and that has carried on in to adult hoods it is simple and effective it is never about the solutions because there is always someone who makes money from it and will use this label and box to get around solving it

    August 2, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Dave Harris

    It's interesting to match this up with a map of U.S. counties by percentage of the population with no more than a high school education. It's almost an exact match. Wherever you have the least educated people, you have the most conservatives. Not only that, but they're proud of it.

    August 2, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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