The 10 most liberal states

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4 2014 10:45 p.m. MST

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Gallup’s latest State of the States poll, published on Jan. 31, 2014, ranked each state in America from most conservative to most liberal.

While the gap between “conservative and liberal self-identification” is narrowing, the conservative advantage is still appears predominant.

According to the poll's data, most of the conservative states are found in the South and West, while the more liberal-identified states are located on the coasts.

According to Gallup, the results of the poll are based on phone interviews of 178,527 adults conducted Jan. 2-Dec. 29, 2013.

Included within our list are Gallup's conservative/liberal rankings and the percentage of the state's population who either approve or disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance.

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Virginia Beach, VA

The Gallup Poll huh? Gallop and Rasmussen are right-leaning, and they are the only two major polling agencies who predicted a Romney win, so when either of them make assertions, I question the validity of those poll numbers.

Being Liberal does not necessarily equate to approving of Obama.

Plenty of Liberals disapprove of Obama's performance, but of course, they would never vote for a Republican presidential candidate, because Liberal Republicans no longer exist.

Walt Nicholes
Orem, UT

Yeah, the instruct of Columbia isn't a state.

Maybe its one of the extra seven states Obama claimed to campaign in.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

As though being "Liberal" is some how evil...

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

funny, even in the most liberal states, those claiming to be liberal only crack 30 percent in two. as Walt points out, DC is not a state.

We can infer from this that even by liberal standards, LDS lib, being liberal is apparently somehow evil.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I thought it was interesting that every Conservative State's picture was of nature and their State's God-given natural beauty... and all but 2 of the Liberal State's identifying image was of their massive buildings and man-made stuff.

And yet... it's usually the representatives from these Liberal States with their concrete and asphalt canyons of buildings... who lecture us about how to take care of OUR natural beauty.

Why would we look to people who have wasted their OWN natural beauty (turning them into endless landscapes of buildings and roads)... to tell us how to care for OUR land, and preserve OUR natural beauty?

Just seems amazingly ironic to me.

Morgan, UT

Interesting. I didn't know Washington DC was a state???

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Being liberal means losing our freedom. IS that evil?

Fairview, UT

The fact that 30% or fewer classify themselves as liberal shows they're still looking for a clue.

Logan, UT

I question the validity here. How did they define liberal versus conservative? Did they just use the highly stereotyped words as guidance for the poll? Multiple other polls don't confirm these findings. I would imagine that many people who may have qualified for one side or the other based on descriptions/characteristics refused to accept the highly polarized word association. I'd need to read the poll sheets before I accepted the results.

And to the trolls in the group, one reason I refuse to be a "conservative" is because of the horrible way conservatives treat others. In the 5 comments above, liberals have been called evil, had their intelligence belittled, implied that they have no respect for freedom and told they don't know how to preserve nature. When I begin to see some compassion and respect from the "conservative" side, perhaps I will listen to the espoused policies more closely.

Bountiful, UT

I wonder why being near the Atlantic and Pacific oceans makes people more liberal but being near the gulf coast and the great salt lake has no such effect.

Salt Lake City, UT

"How did they define liberal versus conservative?"

They didn't. It was up to the person responding to say if they considered themselves a liberal or conservative (or moderate etc).

J Turner
Salt Lake City, UT

Interesting enough. From the list last week about the most religious, Vermont is the least religious state and one of most liberal. People without faith tend to be more liberal................People with faith tend to be more reserved... Interesting..

Cowboy Dude


The Carolinas are on the Atlantic. Florida is surrounded by ocean but is moderate. San Diego and Orange County are also conservative.

I see it has more to do with population. Large cities are generally liberal (except Houston), medium cities are moderate (except Portland & Austin liberal and SLC & Dallas conservative) and rural is conservative (except Vermont and New Hampshire). Wow, what do I know?

Salt Lake City, UT

@2 bits...Goes to show that intelligence and innovation begins and usually ends in city areas. Henceforth why Filmore is no longer the Capitol of Utah.

Kirk R Graves
West Jordan, UT


Perhaps you should go read the comment boards on the other major newspaper in the SLC area. I assure you that the treatment that liberals get on DesNews is soft and fuzzy by comparison to how conservatives get treated over there.

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