What are the Most Conservative States in the U.S.?

Heather Ginsberg

2/2/2013 8:00:00 AM - Heather Ginsberg

So where does your state fall on the most conservative list? According to a new Gallup poll released yesterday, Alabama was the most conservative state in 2012. A little over half of Alabama residents identify as conservatives. Not far behind, tied for second most conservative, are Wyoming and North Dakota with 48.6 percent.

At the other end of the scale is Washington, DC, with more than 40 percent of their residents identifying as liberals. Another 10 percentage points behind DC was the runner up, Massachusetts and Oregon not far behind the bay state.

And Alaska reported having the most residents who identify as moderates. In Alaska’s company are Rhode Island and Ohio.

It is important to note that Americans are still more likely to report being conservative than liberal. This is obviously hard to hear because Republicans are still having trouble winning national elections. The majority of conservative states are concentrated in the south and mid-west regions of the country. Whereas the most liberal states are located on the coasts, with the majority concentrated in the north-east.

The gap between the numbers of conservatives and liberals is tightening though. This will be interesting to watch in future elections, see if voting habits change at all.