Gallup Poll: Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 19 States

Ferlon Webster Jr. | February 26, 2019
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When it comes to political ideology, it looks like Americans are leaning to the right before they’re considering giving an inch to the left, according to a recent Gallup Poll.

In 2018, 19 states held a “conservative advantage” with conservative Americans outnumbering their liberal counterparts by at least 20 percentage points. 


As Gallup reports, conservatives nationally hold a 9 percentage point advantage over liberals which “reflects a narrowing of the conservative-liberal gap from 21 points in 2004.”

According to Gallup’s report:

“These findings are based on aggregated data from Gallup's 2018 tracking poll in which respondents were asked to indicate whether they describe their political views as liberal, moderate or conservative.”


Mississippi ranks as the most conservative state with 50 percent of people identifying as conservative, followed by Alabama at 46 percent and South Dakota at 44 percent. The most liberal state is Massachusetts at 35 percent identifying as liberal, followed by Hawaii with 28 percent.