[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/02/art.08electionmap.cnn.jpg caption ="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.