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

Poll: Wyoming and Mississippi reddest of the red states

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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. Tim - Wilmington, DE

    And the states that identify themselves as uber-conservative also have the worst statistics in the areas of education, intelligence, health, and general quality of living. Coincidence?

    August 2, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. w l jones

    Where I grew up liberal ment diverity your thought and ideal and conservative dont change your thought no matter how out of date they maybe.

    August 2, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Angus McDugan

    Get ready for the elitist liberals who think they are smarter than anyone else to start the name calling of the good Americans of Wyoming and Mississippi. Funny how the elitist liberals always end up call names because they aren't smart enough to defend their position logically. I guess it hurts to realize that someone from Wyoming is better informed than you.

    August 2, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. La Piovra

    Wyoming is one of two states that is actually completely square. The other one is Colorado, which nonetheless appears in this survey to be not so square as Wyoming. Get along, little dogies...

    August 2, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. The reality is...

    if the Democrats have it their way, eventually, we may be a "Red" country – as in China and the USSR

    August 2, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Those voting for the Dems, will condemn this country to a slower, more painful recovery from this depression, assuming we ever recover, under that dictatorship.

    Voting for the Dems, is voting for socialist dictatorship, in America.

    August 2, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. jms58

    Isn't id interesting that these sstates are also two of the most backward states in the country.

    August 2, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Happy to be in the blue

    I lived in a red state for three years and could not wait to leave. Worst roads I have ever experienced. Terrible school system (anyone who could possibly afford it went private). A huge amount of theft. Littered streets. Low wages. Poorly educated population. The people there were obssessed with social conservatism (lots of hate directed toward gays, immigrants, other religions) and totally neglected policies that would actually make their state better. They may hate paying their taxes, but I hated living in the dump that low taxes made of their state. Our family left at the first available opportunity. Happy to be back in a blue state with better schools, better amenities and more open-minded people focused on the common good instead of the common hate. Don't mind paying a bit more either. You get what you pay for.

    August 2, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Chris (Sacramento CA)

    This means the democrats are going to loose this November and the Obama administration will be held in check.

    August 2, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. darla

    Lack of Educational system. Off course they align themselves with being conservative. because people who lack of REAL education are scared. thanks to the many cuts they did with the education system. The world will be going forward and America thanks to this red state will stay were they are. They will be left behind.

    August 2, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The democrats are loosing and its not because of something from the past that Bush did its because of things done after they took office this administration has done nothing but fight the will of the people from the start from ignoring the majority .

    August 2, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Adalbert

    No wonder, they are the two most backward states in the union.

    August 2, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. jerseylou

    NO SURPRISE......When you still living in the past Two Hundred Years riding a Buggy !

    August 2, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. gt

    there will be allot more red after the last two disasterous years of obama...

    August 2, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. DENNA

    Just what we need – more Conservatives. Tax breaks for the wealthy, ignore the middle class, apologize to BP for having to pay for the mess they made, Conservative entertainers stirring up their viewers to new heights of stupidity with outright lies. Just more of the same old nonsense that messed up this country to begin with. Sigh. Will we ever learn?

    August 2, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Hannah

    Does this have anything to do with the level of education in these red states? I know I am from Arizona and we are nearly dead last in education and very red. California and the Eastern seaboard states have the best education available, Minnesota....

    August 2, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. KCDave

    It would be interesting to compare this list of Conservative to Liberal states to the list of which states get the most Federal subsidies, social program expenses and real Federal monies. I would be interested to see if the Conservative states are really conservative and not living off "Big Government". I would be surprised if those states truely practice what they preach.

    August 2, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Keith in Austin

    Undoubtedly, the US map will be awash in crimson this November!

    August 2, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    YEE HAW! Let them secede, good riddance!

    August 2, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. clwyd

    I"m not surprised as both states have lousy education systems and backwards type of life style. It fits right in to the type of people and image of who would vote red and be repuglicans! "I refutiate them!' if I could barrow a made up word from sarah pathetic!

    August 2, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Gil

    I would think that Wyoming and Mississippi would feel a little embarrassed?

    August 2, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. marxist dogs are out of control

    And DC is a state ? Whoa CNN...a little head of your Progressive buds.

    August 2, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Dennis

    I think you are going to see some of these states that are blue on this map turning red. Speciifically, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia,Ohio and Nevada. I think there's a pretty good chance that Colorado, Iowa, and Minnesota will change as well.

    August 2, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. larry

    Wyoming, Mississippi, Utah and South Dakota are also the states where, in another survey, the same 50 to 53% also indicated that incest is best.

    August 2, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Dano

    I don't know about the others, but the 5 southern "red states" all rank very low in per capita education spending. There may be a correlation to be made here. My God, you're talking about states like West Virginia, Kentucky & Alabama, not exactly what you'd call meccas of enlghtenment.

    August 2, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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