by Lil Tuttle
Conservative college students who often feel like a minority on campus can be encouraged by the latest Gallup report, which begins, “The residents of most U.S. states are more likely to identify as conservative than as liberal in their political ideology.”
In 25 states, the conservative advantage is significantly greater than the national average, including 19 “highly conservative” states in which conservatives outnumber liberals by at least 20 percentage points. Meanwhile, in six states, there are more liberals than conservatives.”
The 6 states where liberals outnumber conservatives are Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Washington, New York, and New Hampshire. In California, liberals and conservatives are evenly split at 29 percent each. In all other states, conservatives outnumber liberals … sometimes by very large margins.
The report, entitled Conservatives Greatly Outnumber Liberals in 19 U.S. States, is “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.”
Below are the 19 “highly conservative” states, defined as states in which conservatives outnumber liberals by at least 20 percentage points:
The graphic below shows the 15 states where liberals have greater parity with conservatives, including the 6 states in which they outnumber conservatives:
Peruse the full list of state statistics in the Gallup report and be encouraged!
Bruce Walker at AmericanThinker.com has followed Gallup’s conservative vs. liberal polling for many years. He writes that Gallup and other polling organizations consistently “downplay what they own data show” “to marginalize or minimize conservatism.”
Those who have followed my articles over the last ten years know that every single polling organization — and practically all of these are leftist in tilt — show a conservative majority in America, and it has been the same over the last fifty years.
What is most perverse, though, is how many conservatives scoff at this data … We ought to accept these polls, however, for several different reasons: (1) the polling data stretch back more than half a century and include every poll; (2) these polling organizations are establish leftist, so, if anything, the polling is skewed to find a liberal majority, which it doesn’t; (3) respondents nearly always have the option of “moderate” or “don’t know,” which means that the respondents are specifically selecting conservatism as a choice; (4) conservatism has been demonized during these fifty years, so choosing “conservative” takes courage; and (5) even when conservatism is separated into “social” and “economic” conservatism, the results are the same.
There is no reason, really, to question the fact that, if anything, the conservative advantage is greater than the polling data suggest. We ought to be happy with the grudgingly given good news in these polls. When we start seeing ourselves the way the left wants us to be, then we turn victory into defeat.