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Old 08-03-2010, 02:31 PM   #1
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The Most Conservative State In The US Is..

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Gallup has released a survey ranking the most conservative and most liberal states in the country, and the findings are enough to make Dick Cheney proud: His onetime home state of Wyoming tops the list of most conservative states.

A quick disclaimer: The poll did not take into account what a person's actual beliefs are, only how they identified themselves. In Wyoming, 53 percent of respondents self-identified as conservative, giving it the top spot.

Mississippi came in a close second, also with 53 percent self-identified conservatives. The rest of the top 10 of conservatism, in descending order: Utah, South Dakota, Alabama, North Dakota, Idaho, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Louisiana. (In each of the last four states, 46 percent self-identified as conservative.)

On to the other side of the political spectrum: Topping the list of self-identified liberals is the District of Columbia, at 42 percent, followed by four New England states: Rhode Island (32 percent), Connecticut (29 percent), Vermont (29 percent) and Massachusetts (28 percent).

Rounding out the top 10 are Colorado, New York, Oregon, Washington and New Jersey.

You'll notice that despite Democratic control of Congress and the presidency, there is generally a higher percentage of self-identified conservatives than self-identified liberals. Americans have been far less likely to identify as liberal than conservative going back to at least 1992, and the trend has been toward self-identified conservatism in recent years. (On average in that period, about 40 percent of Americans called themselves conservative, 37 percent moderate and 19 percent liberal.)

Despite these figures, Democrats hold an edge in national party identification and have taken a lead over the GOP when it comes to generic party matchups.

Wyoming, Mississippi, Utah Rank as Most Conservative States
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:55 PM   #2
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You'll notice that despite Democratic control of Congress and the presidency, there is generally a higher percentage of self-identified conservatives than self-identified liberals. Americans have been far less likely to identify as liberal than conservative going back to at least 1992, and the trend has been toward self-identified conservatism in recent years. (On average in that period, about 40 percent of Americans called themselves conservative, 37 percent moderate and 19 percent liberal.)
One of the MAJOR reasons for this is that- again the Conservatives labeling liberals as traitors, Un-American, etc which can sometimes wear on a person's self-identity.

There are other polls that identify super conservatives/right-wingers and tea-partyers more at the percentage of 20% - 35% in the USA. .


There's a saying among some of us libs/progressives.....in
regards to those numbers....

In order for the above (right-wing) folks to run the government they really have to distort the truth and outright lie (and sometimes steal elections)... in order for them to them to get (back in) power.

And in many cases of the 20% - 35% they have partly been tricked into voting against their self-interests, esp low-information voters. Esp with Fox News, Murdock et al.


You'd be surprised how many liberal Radio-show talk hosts get calls from people in areas that have never had a liberal radio talk show before.
The callers say they suddenly get way more info, and then realize why most of the time how bad things have gotten again for the poor, working, and (now ever more) the middle class as well, and sometimes also for the disabled. Thirty years of Reaganomics, and other right-wing policies: cutting more and more of arts/music/performing education (which helps kids in other studies), after-school programs, going after The Unions* , and slashing at the safety net, running up deficits when they are in power, and then start squawking about the deficit when they get in, etc has left this country.

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Cheney to Treasury: "Deficits don't matter"

Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill was told "deficits don't matter" when he warned of a looming fiscal crisis.
O'Neill, fired in a shakeup of Bush's economic team in December 2002, raised objections to a new round of tax cuts and said the president balked at his more aggressive plan to combat corporate crime after a string of accounting scandals because of opposition from "the corporate crowd," a key constituency.
O'Neill said he tried to warn Vice President Dick Cheney that growing budget deficits-expected to top $500 billion this fiscal year alone-posed a threat to the economy. Cheney cut him off. "You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don't matter," he said, according to excerpts. Cheney continued: "We won the midterms (congressional elections). This is our due." A month later, Cheney told the Treasury secretary he was fired.
The vice president's office had no immediate comment, but John Snow, who replaced O'Neill, insisted that deficits "do matter" to the administration.
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* Let me qualify:
in ANY organization/institution/company/government etc you are going to find really un-trustworthy, greedy people.
So i don't deny at all that some people in some unions have/ maybe still do act that way. That is a crying shame, and should continue to be dealt with in a forceful manner.

This is dazz* >proud liberal/progressive voter and volunteer > signing off!
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:39 PM   #3
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The most conservative state in the US is cbs.com? Weird.
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:50 AM   #4
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the lists don't particularly surprise me, though wyoming being the top conservative was a bit of a surprise. but the top liberal states aren't a shock, if you'd asked me i would've picked vermont or massachusetts anyway.

and nice post, dazz
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Funny. I thought Texas would be in the top 10 most conservative. There are a lot of gun nuts in the Lone Star State.

I'm also surprised California isn't in the top 10 most liberal.
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A study that charts peoples beliefs about a variety of issues would be more meaningful. This study could mean that in Wyoming right leaning people are less likely to identify as libertarian.
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I'd like to nominate Tennesee for an honorable mention.

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Controversial comments spice up Tennessee primaryBy Paul Steinhauser and Steve Brusk, CNNAugust 5, 2010 --

(CNN) -- Polls are open in Tennessee, where a Republican gubernatorial battle and some contentious House nomination fights are in the spotlight in Thursday's primary.

Five candidates are on the ballot in the GOP contest for governor, but recent polls indicate it's a three-man race between Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, Rep. Zach Wamp and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. The race grabbed national attention last month because of controversial comments by two of the candidates.

Last month Wamp appeared to suggest that Tennessee should consider secession in light of mandates forced on the states by the Obama administration's health care bill. The eight-term congressman later stepped back from those comments.

Ramsey also drew attention to himself last month after he was seen in a YouTube video questioning whether Islam is a religion. He was expressing his opposition to the expansion of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which has become a hot-button issue in the city about 35 miles southeast of Nashville.

Ramsey, who has been endorsed by 20 Tea Party organizations, said he is a supporter of religious freedoms, but such protections may not extend to bringing "shariah [Islamic] law into the state of Tennessee ... into the United States."

"Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it a nationality, way of life, a cult, whatever you want to call it," he continued. "But certainly we do protect our religions, but at the same time, this is something we are going to have to face."

Following criticism, Ramsey defended his comments, saying, "My concern is that far too much of Islam has come to resemble a violent political philosophy more than peace-loving religion."
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omfg. though i would like to add the views of a couple idiots obviously don't represent what the average tennessean thinks. it can even be a blue state when it really wants to.
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You'll notice that despite Democratic control of Congress and the presidency, there is generally a higher percentage of self-identified conservatives than self-identified liberals. Americans have been far less likely to identify as liberal than conservative going back to at least 1992, and the trend has been toward self-identified conservatism in recent years. (On average in that period, about 40 percent of Americans called themselves conservative, 37 percent moderate and 19 percent liberal.) Despite these figures, Democrats hold an edge in national party identification and have taken a lead over the GOP when it comes to generic party matchups.
1992 was when Clinton was elected and Rush Limbaugh brought conservative talk radio to the masses. His plan of attack was to first demonize the term "liberal." The second was to convince his listeners that the media had a liberal bias, but that is an argument for another day.

Limbaugh was so successful in attaching a stigma to the term "liberal," he's now doing it for the term "Democrat." Using "democrat" as an adjective, as in the "Democrat-controlled congress..." avoiding its association with positive terms like "democratic," "Democracy" and instead conjuring the words "bureaucrat" and "rat."

It's juvenile, but it works. His audience are the stupidest people on the planet.
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Funny. I thought Texas would be in the top 10 most conservative. There are a lot of gun nuts in the Lone Star State.

I'm also surprised California isn't in the top 10 most liberal.
Austin?

Prop 8?
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i would say look at the divorce rate.

the higher the divorce rate, the more conservative the state. at least socially.
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i would say look at the divorce rate.

the higher the divorce rate, the more conservative the state. at least socially.
Irony. She's a witty bitch.
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New York a liberal state? Archie Bunker won't agree with that .
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