Alabama is the most conservative state in the nation, according to a Gallup Poll. The poll, which was released last month, says that 49% of Alabamians polled identified themselves as being conservative. Alabama was followed by Mississippi, which ran a close second with 48% identifying themselves as conservative. In the top ten conservative list are: Utah, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming.
The District of Columbia, which had the fewest people identifying themselves as conservative, was ranked as the place where the most people identified themselves as being liberal. Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey, California, Hawaii, and Connecticut round out the top ten liberal states in the poll.
The poll’s results were based on answers to a question asking whether people’s political views are very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal. The data comes from Gallup Daily tracking in the first half of 2009, with more than 160,000 adults interviewed nationwide.
It would be most interesting to take the polling a step further, however, and ask those polled for their definitions of “conservative” and “liberal.” Their answers might be quite revealing and perhaps even surprising. Had I been asked, I would have had to say that I am a conservative on fiscal and moral issues and somewhat moderate in some other areas. The bottom line is that I believe in following the “Golden Rule” in my dealings with others. So I doubt if I could answer the pollster’s question without explaining my answer in more detail.
Source: Birmingham News
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