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The Conservative States of America
the atlantic ^ | 3/29/11 | Richard Florida

Posted on 03/29/2011 3:04:33 PM PDT by Mozilla

America is an increasingly conservative nation, by ideology and by political affiliation, according to polling results from the Gallup Organization. While conservatives have long outnumbered liberals and moderates across the U.S., the study sheds new light on state-by-state patterns. The map below shows the pattern for the 50 states.

Mississippi is the first state with more than 50% conservative identification, with Idaho, Alabama, Wyoming, and Utah approaching that level, and Arkansas, South Carolina, North Dakota, Louisiana, and South Dakota (the rest of the top ten conservative states) 45% or higher. Conservatives outnumber liberals in even the most liberal-leaning states (excluding the District of Columbia): Vermont, (30.7% conservative to 30.5% liberal), Rhode Island (29.9% to 29.3%), and Massachusetts (29.9% to 28.0%).

Political commentators have long pointed to underlying social and economic sorting that underpins this growing conservative/ liberal divide. But what factors account for the growing conservatism of Americans and American states?

With the help of my colleague Charlotta Mellander, I decided to take a look. We ran a simple correlation analysis on the Gallup poll numbers, comparing conservative identification to a variety of key economic, demographic, and cultural factors by state. As always, our analysis only points to associations between variables; we do not make any claims about causation and note that other factors that we have not looked at might come into play. Still, a number of intriguing findings cropped up.

Not surprisingly, states with more conservatives are considerably more religious than liberal-leaning states. The correlation between conservative political affiliation and religion (the share of state population for which religion is an important part of daily life) is .63.

Conservatism, at least at the state level, appears to be growing stronger.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2010census; 2011polls; america; conservatism; conservatives; conservativestates; donttreadonme; elections; ideology; liberty; redstates; teaparty; teapartyrebellion; trends
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To: Professional Engineer
I’m rather partial to the Bonnie Blue Flag, but open to suggestions.

Interesting. Didn't know about it. Good looking white star and blue background. That would work. . with maybe crossed bars in the background?

41 posted on 03/30/2011 5:11:31 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Art in Idaho

I’ve often thought of hoisting the Stars and Bars on my flagpole to see if anyone would notice and if so, what the reaction would be.


42 posted on 03/31/2011 1:16:03 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Conservative States of America has a nice ring to it.)
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To: Professional Engineer
I’ve often thought of hoisting the Stars and Bars on my flagpole to see if anyone would notice and if so, what the reaction would be.

Would be interesting. . These days might be positive. Just tell them it's the new Conservative States of America flag. . Let me know the response if you do. .

43 posted on 03/31/2011 8:34:33 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Professional Engineer

Sounds like a good idea to me. You need to help me convince my hubby that’s what we need at the end of our driveway.


44 posted on 04/04/2011 1:32:51 PM PDT by Wneighbor
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