Wednesday, August 19, 2009

United States of Conservative America

Gallup has an interesting poll about conservatives, liberals, and moderates in the United States. According to the poll, conservatives outnumber liberals in every single state. District of Columbia is the only place where liberals outnumber conservatives.

The top five conservatives states are Alabama, Mississippi, Utah, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
The states where liberals come the closest to conservatives are Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, Oregon and New York.

Conservative states are concentrated in the South and Interior West while the states with the largest liberal minority are in the Northeast and West Coast. In fourteen states there are more moderates than Democrats.

Some may say, if this is the case, why is the usually Republican Party behind the usually liberal Democratic Party in membership. The reason is Franklin Roosevelt's coalition is still alive and identity politics. Take the District of Columbia where conservatives are 24% of the population and liberals are 37% However, the gap between Republicans and Democrats is 65%! This is because many if not most of the big three minorities (Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians) have social conservative values but traditional vote Democratic since the 1930s. The minority vote then complements the rich, White liberal vote and the swing moderate vote for a Democratic victory.

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