States with the most conservatives

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January 26, 2021
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States with the most conservatives

With a few rare exceptions, one thing is all but certain in American elections: the winner will be a Republican or a Democrat. America's two-party system is characterized by a liberal-conservative split that forces even moderates to pick a side. In many cases, the side you pick has a lot to do with where you live. In 2016, The New York Times reported that America has spent the last few decades "self-segregating" into "blue" (liberal-leaning) states and "red" (conservative-leaning) states. The 2020 election added the suburbs as a necessary locus of party analysis, and Georgia's turn blue—President Joe Biden won the state and its two Senate seats were won by Democrats three months later—highlights the fact that nothing is static, as once-reliably Republican states go Democrat (and vice-versa, as former president Donald Trump demonstrated by winning to so-called "Blue Wall" states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania in 2016).

With the White House and both houses of Congress now in Democratic control, and Trump's exit creating a schism in the Republican party, Red America is in uncharted waters. So where do these conservatives live? Stacker used data released in February 2019 from Gallup to rank all 50 states by the percent of conservative residents, then by the percent of residents who are moderate. If both percentages were the same for more than one state, that ranking is denoted as a tie. Additionally, data from 270toWin and the Cook Political Report's 2020 National Popular Vote Tracker was used to show how many times the state voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1964, and how many votes were cast for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

It might not come as a surprise that the states with the lowest concentrations of conservatives are on the West Coast, in the Northeast, and in New England. Sparsely populated rural states and Southern states dominated the list of those with the most conservatives. Just two states count at least 50% of their populations as Republican-leaning. In total, the national percentage of conservatives is 33%, and the national percentage of Republican-leaning residents is 38%.

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#50. Massachusetts

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 21%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 38%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 2 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,167,202 (32.1%)

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#49. Hawaii

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 22%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 45%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 2 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 196,864 (34.3%)

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#48. New York

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 27%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 35%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 3 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 3,250,075 (37.7%)

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#46. New Hampshire (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 28%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 36%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 7 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 365,654 (45.4%)

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#46. Vermont (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 28%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 36%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 6 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 112,704 (30.7%)

 

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#45. Washington

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 28%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 37%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 4 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,584,651 (38.8%)

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#44. California

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 29%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 36%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 6 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 6,006,429 (34.3%)

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#43. New Jersey

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 29%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 37%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 6 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,883,274 (41.4%)

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#42. Maryland

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 29%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 39%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 3 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 976,414 (32.2%)

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#41. Rhode Island

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 29%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 40%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 2 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 199,922 (38.6%)

 

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#40. Delaware

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 29%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 43%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 5 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 200,603 (39.8%)

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#39. Connecticut

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 30%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 38%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 5 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 715,291 (39.2%)

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#38. Illinois

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 31%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 36%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 6 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 2,446,891 (40.6%)

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#37. Oregon

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 32%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 35%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 5 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 958,448 (40.4%)

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#36. Minnesota

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 32%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 37%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 1 time (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,484,048 (45.3%)

 

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#34. Colorado (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 33%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 37%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 9 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,364,607 (41.9%)

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#34. Virginia (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 33%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 37%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 10 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,962,430 (44.0%)

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#32. Michigan (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 33%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 38%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 6 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 2,649,852 (47.8%)

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#32. Nevada (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 33%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 38%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 8 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 669,890 (47.7%)

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#31. Pennsylvania

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 34%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 36%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 5 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 3,378,263 (48.8%)

 

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#30. Maine

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 35%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 29%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 5 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 360,737 (44.0%)

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#29. Wisconsin

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 35%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 37%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 5 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,610,184 (48.8%)

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#28. Iowa

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 35%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 39%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 8 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 897,672 (53.1%)

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#27. Florida

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 36%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 36%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 10 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 5,668,731 (51.2%)

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#26. Nebraska

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 36%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 38%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 14 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 556,846 (58.5%)

 

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#25. Ohio

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 37%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 35%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 9 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 3,154,834 (53.3%)

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#24. Arizona

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 37%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 36%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 13 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,661,686 (49.1%)

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#23. Texas

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 38%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 36%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 12 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 5,890,347 (52.1%)

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#22. New Mexico

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 38%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 37%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 7 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 401,894 (43.5%)

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#21. North Carolina

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 39%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 33%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 12 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 2,758,775 (49.9%)

 

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#19. Georgia (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 39%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 35%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 10 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 2,461,854 (49.3%)

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#19. Kentucky (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 39%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 35%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 11 time (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,326,646 (62.1%)

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#16. Indiana (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 39%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 38%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 13 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,729,516 (57.0%)

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#16. Kansas (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 39%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 38%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 14 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 771,406 (56.2%)

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#16. Montana (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 39%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 38%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 13 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 343,602 (56.9%)

 

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#15. North Dakota

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 39%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 41%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 14 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 235,595 (65.1%)

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#14. Idaho

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 40%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 37%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 14 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 554,119 (63.9%)

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#13. Alaska

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 40%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 38%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 14 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 189,951 (52.8%)

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#12. Missouri

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 41%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 34%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 11 time (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,718,736 (56.8%)

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#11. South Carolina

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 41%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 37%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 14 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,385,103 (55.1%)

 

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#10. Arkansas

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 41%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 38%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 10 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 760,647 (62.4%)

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#9. Utah

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 41%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 40%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 14 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 865,140 (58.1%)

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#8. Tennessee

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 43%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 34%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 11 time (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,852,475 (60.7%)

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#6. Louisiana (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 43%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 35%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 11 time (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,255,776 (58.5%)

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#6. Oklahoma (tie)

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 43%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 35%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 14 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,020,280 (65.4%)

 

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#5. South Dakota

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 44%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 37%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 14 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 261,043 (61.8%)

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#4. West Virginia

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 45%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 31%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 8 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 545,382 (68.6%)

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#3. Wyoming

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 46%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 31%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 14 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 193,559 (69.9%)

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#2. Alabama

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 46%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 34%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 13 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 1,441,170 (62.0%)

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#1. Mississippi

- Residents who consider themselves conservative: 50%
- Residents who consider themselves moderate: 29%
- Presidential election outcome between 1964-2020: voted Republican 13 times (out of 15)
- Votes cast for Donald Trump in 2020: 756,789 (57.6%)

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