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States: Ideology (Gallup Jan.-June '09)


Gallup
January-June 2009; 160,236 adults, 3-7% margin of error (in individual states)
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Gallup article)

U.S. States

Gallup:

The strength of "conservative" over "liberal" in the realm of political labels is vividly apparent in Gallup's state-level data, where a significantly higher percentage of Americans in most states -- even some solidly Democratic ones -- call themselves conservative rather than liberal...

The overall percentages of self-declared conservatives in each state range from a high of 49% in Alabama to a low of 23% in the nation's capital. The "liberal" label is embraced most widely in D.C., by 37%, followed by 29% in Massachusetts. At 14%, it is used least commonly in Louisiana.

 

Comments
ThatMarvelousApe:

I would be willing to be that a lot of relatively conservative and liberal people consider themselves "centrists" based on their own self-perception as "middle of the road" people. There are also likely geographical factors at play. Would a Connecticut centrist still consider himself a centrist in Alabama? Would an Arkansas liberal still consider himself a liberal in Portland, Oregon?

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Stillow:

I agree with you Ape. People have different definitions of those terms. Some people for example consider themselves a lib or a conservative on just one issue....say for example abortion.

You'd really have to break the question down into several questions. Do you favor smaller or larger g'ment, do you favor strict gun control or do you favor less strict gun control, are you pro life or pro choice....

If your a fiscal conservative, but a social liberal then how would you identify yourself to a pollster?

Tough to gauge what is really out there.

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