Gallup: Washington, D.C., Is Most Liberal Place In USA

January 31, 2014 - 12:42 PM

Washington, D.C.

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(CNSNews.com) -- The percentage of people living in Washington, D.C., who call themselves liberals is far greater than the national percentage, and significantly greater than the percentage in any of the fifty states, according to polling data released today by Gallup.

Nationally, 23 percent of American adults call themselves liberals, according to Gallup, and 38 percent call themselves conservatives.

But in Washington, D.C., 38.1 percent call themselves liberals--65.6 percent more than in the nation as a whole.

After D.C., Vermont is the most liberal jurisdiction, with 32.4 percent of people there calling themselves liberals.

The prevalence of liberals in Washington, D.C., according to Gallup's numbers, is 17.6 percent greater than second-place Vermont.

In 2013, Gallup asked 18,871 people 18 years or older living in the District of Columbia and the 50 states this question: "How would you describe your political views: very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal or very liberal?"

Nationally, Gallup learned, conservatives continued to far outnumber liberals, although there has been a slight closing of the gap in the last few years.

In 2010 and 2011, 40 percent said they were conservative, 35 percent said they were moderate, and 21 percent said they were liberal. In 2012, 39 percent said they were conservative, 35 percent said they were moderate, and 22 percent said they were conservative. In 2013, 38 percent said they were conservative, 34 said they were moderate, and 23 percent said they were liberal.

The mix of political views varied by state, according to Gallup's polling. In Wyoming, the most conservative state, a majority of the people (51.4 percent) described themselves as conservative. Yet, while 24 states had 40 percent or more their people describe themselves as conservatives, not one state approached the 38.1 percent liberal population that has gathered in Washington, D.C., the nation's capital.

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THE MOST CONSERVATIVE STATES

Here are the 50 states and the District of Columbia ranked by the percentage of inhabitants calling themselves conservatives:

1. Wyoming, 51.4%

2. Mississippi, 47.9%

3. Idaho, 47.5%

4. Utah, 46.9%

5. Arkansas, 45.2%

5. Montana, 45.2%

7. South Carolina, 45.1%

8. Oklahoma, 45.0%

9. Tennessee, 44.9%

10. Alabama, 44.7%

11. Louisiana, 44.1%

12. Alaska, 43.1%

13. Missouri, 42.9%

14. North Dakota, 42.9%

15. South Dakota, 42.7%

16. Georgia, 41.8%

17. Kansas, 41.7%

17. Nebraska, 41.7%

19. West Virginia, 41.6%

20. Indiana, 41.1%

21. Kentucky, 41.1%

22. Texas, 40.5%

23. Iowa, 40.1%

24. North Carolina, 40.0%

25. Wisconsin, 40.0%

_______Nationwide percentage: 38%_______

26. Ohio, 37.9%

27. Pennsylvania, 37.1%

27. New Mexico, 37.1%

29. Virginia, 37.1%

30. Colorado, 36.9%

30. New Hampshire, 36.9%

32. Florida, 36.8%

33. Minnesota, 36.2%

34. Arizona, 36.0%

35. Nevada, 35.7%

36. Michigan, 34.6%

37. Washington, 34.3%

38. Rhode Island, 33.8%

39. Oregon, 33.6%

40. Maine, 32.6%

41. Illinois, 32.4%

42. Delaware, 32.3%

43. Maryland, 31.8%

44. California, 30.8%

45. New Jersey, 29.6%

46. New York, 29.3%

47. Massachusetts, 27.4%

47. Connecticut, 27.4%

49. Hawaii, 27.2%

50. Vermont, 26.8%

51. Washington, D.C. 21.6%

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THE MOST LIBERAL STATES

Here are the 50 states and the District of Columbia ranked by the percentage of their inhabitants calling themselves liberals:

1. Washington, D.C. 38.1%

2. Vermont, 32.4%

3. Massachusetts, 30.2%

4. Delaware, 29.3%

5. New York, 28.2%

6. Oregon, 27.9%

6. Hawaii, 27.9%

8. Maine, 27.3%

9. California, 27.1%

10. New Jersey, 26.4%

11. Washington, 26.3%

12. Connecticut, 26.1%

13. Maryland, 25.3%

14. Illinois, 25.0%

14. New Hampshire, 25.0%

16. Colorado, 24.9%

17. Nevada, 24.2%

18. New Mexico, 24.2%

19. Rhode Island, 23.8%

20. Minnesota, 23.3%

_______Nationwide percentage: 23%_______

21. Pennsylvania, 21.9%

22. Michigan, 21.7%

23. Arizona, 21.6%

24. Florida, 20.9%

25. Virginia, 20.9%

26. Wisconsin, 20.8%

27. Nebraska, 20.7%

28. Alaska, 20.6%

29. Kansas, 20.0%

30. Ohio, 19.9%

31. Iowa, 19.8%

32. North Carolina, 19.0%

33. Missouri, 19.0%

34. Texas, 18.8%

34. Montana, 18.8%

36. Georgia, 18.2%

37. Kentucky, 18.1%

37. West Virginia, 18.1%

39. Indiana, 17.8%

40. Oklahoma, 17.2%

41. South Carolina, 17.1%

42. Tennessee, 16.6%

43. Arkansas, 16.1%

44. Alabama, 16.0%

44. South Dakota, 16.0%

46. Utah, 15.6%

47. Mississippi, 14.8%

47. North Dakota, 14.8%

49. Louisiana, 14.7%

49. Idaho, 14.7%

51. Wyoming, 10.9%