Wyoming supplanted Alabama as the country’s most conservative state in 2013, with the District of Columbia the most liberal area and Vermont the most liberal state, according to Gallup.
More people in the country are still more likely to self-identify as conservative than liberal, though the gap shrunk slightly from 2012. The “conservative advantage” — the percentage of residents self-identifying as conservative minus the percentage self-identifying as liberal in each state — was at 14.6 percentage points in 2013, down from 15.9 percentage points in 2012.
“There may have been more ‘blue’ states than ‘red’ states in 2013, but a clear majority of Americans are ideologically at the center or right of center,” wrote Gallup’s Art Swift. “How do Democrats continue to win elections if so few Americans identify themselves as liberal? The answer may lie with moderates, which, as a voting bloc, are solidly Democratic. If moderates begin voting with Republicans in the near or long-term future, there may indeed be a Republican revival on the national level.”
Results for the poll are based on interviews from Jan. 2-Dec. 29, 2013, on the Gallup Daily tracking survey, with a random sample of 178,527 adults. The margin of error on the total sample is 1 percentage point.
Margins of error for individual states are no more than 6 percentage points; the margin of error for the District is 6 percentage points.
Top 10 conservative states:
7. South Carolina