Eric Dienstfrey | January 28, 2009
In the first of a four-part series titled "State of the States," Gallup released party affiliation for all fifty states based on Gallup Poll Daily tracking data collected throughout 2008. Note that Gallup added partisan-leaning independents to the percentage that identify with either the Republican or Democratic parties in order to make the statewide data more comparable.
All told, 29 states and the District of Columbia had Democratic party affiliation advantages of 10 points or greater last year. This includes all of the states in the Northeast, and all but Indiana in the Great Lakes region. There are even several Southern states in this grouping, including Arkansas, North Carolina, and Kentucky.
An additional six states had Democratic advantages ranging between 5 and 9 points.
In contrast, only five states had solid or leaning Republican orientations in 2008, with Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Alaska in the former group, and Nebraska in the latter.
The most balanced political states in 2008 were Texas (+2 Democratic), South Dakota (+1), Mississippi (+1), North Dakota (+1), South Carolina (even), Arizona (even), Alabama (+1 Republican), and Kansas (+2 Republican).
The full analysis can be found here.