With Americans now more-or-less hating congress, it might seem that U.S. voters could unite around a few common issues, such as a functioning legislative branch. It turns out this isn’t the case, though, as a new poll is showing that Americans and America are just as politically polarized as ever.
The new Gallup poll shows that certain states remain heavily conservative or liberal. The survey asked respondents how they classify themselves politically.
Unsurprisingly, the most conservative states in the U.S. were in the south and the midwest. Wyoming tops the list of most-conservative states with over half of its population (51.4%) identifying as conservative according to the poll. Mississippi (47.9%), Idaho (47.5%), Utah (46.9%), and Montana (45.2%) follow.
Oddly enough, 2012’s most conservative state, Alabama, seems to be becoming significantly less conservative. Alabama now ranks as the tenth most-conservative state according to Gallup. Kansas and Nebraska, both heavily Republican-identified states are conspicuously missing from the top 10 most conservative states, implying that Republican voters in those states may see themselves as something other than conservative.
The most liberal states come as no surprise either with nearly all found on the coasts and Washington D.C. topping the list at 38.1% liberal. Vermont (32.4%), Massachusetts (30.2%), Delaware (29.3%), and New York (28.2%) round out the top five most liberal states.
Though individual states are still heavily split, it does seem that Americans may be trending toward moderation. Gallup found that more Americans still identify as conservative than liberal, but that the gap between the two has now shrunk to just 14.6%.
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