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States with the most conservatives

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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. According to The New York Times, America has spent the last few decades "self-segregating" into "blue" (liberal-leaning) states and "red" (conservative-leaning) states. With the White House, both houses of Congress and most state houses firmly in its grasp, Red America is currently exercising the most political influence. So where do the conservatives who dominate America's modern government live?

    Stacker used data from Gallup to rank all 50 states by the percent of conservative residents, then by the percent of residents who are Republican-leaning. In the event that two states had the same percent, the state ranking is denoted as tied.

    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%.

    ALSO: States with the most liberals

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    #50. Massachusetts

    Estimated state population in 2017: 6,859,819

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 22%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 26%

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    #49. Rhode Island

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,059,639

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 24%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 27%

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    #48. Hawaii

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,427,538

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 25%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 28%

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    #47. Vermont

    Estimated state population in 2017: 623,657

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 25%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 30%

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    #46. New York

    Estimated state population in 2017: 19,849,399

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 27%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 29%

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    #45. California

    Estimated state population in 2017: 39,536,653

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 27%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 30%

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    #44. Maryland

    Estimated state population in 2017: 6,052,177

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 28%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 28%

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    #43. Connecticut

    Estimated state population in 2017: 3,588,184

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 28%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 32%

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    #41 (tie). Delaware

    Estimated state population in 2017: 961,939

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 28%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 33%

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    #41 (tie). New Jersey

    Estimated state population in 2017: 9,005,644

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 28%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 33%

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    #40. Oregon

    Estimated state population in 2017: 4,142,776

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 28%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 36%

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    #39. Washington

    Estimated state population in 2017: 7,405,743

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 29%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 34%

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    #38. Illinois

    Estimated state population in 2017: 12,802,023

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 30%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 33%

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    #37. Colorado

    Estimated state population in 2017: 5,607,154

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 30%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 37%

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    #36. New Hampshire

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,342,795

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 31%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 40%

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    #35. New Mexico

    Estimated state population in 2017: 2,088,070

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 32%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 34%

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    #34. Minnesota

    Estimated state population in 2017: 5,576,606

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 32%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 37%

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    #33. Virginia

    Estimated state population in 2017: 8,470,020

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 33%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 38%

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    #32. Nevada

    Estimated state population in 2017: 2,998,039

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 33%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 39%

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    #31. Arizona

    Estimated state population in 2017: 7,016,270

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 33%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 42%

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    #30. Michigan

    Estimated state population in 2017: 9,962,311

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 34%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 38%

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    #29. Maine

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,335,907

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 34%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 39%

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    #28. Pennsylvania

    Estimated state population in 2017: 12,805,537

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 34%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 41%

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    #27. Florida

    Estimated state population in 2017: 20,984,400

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 35%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 39%

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    #26. Wisconsin

    Estimated state population in 2017: 5,795,483

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 35%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 41%

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    #25. Ohio

    Estimated state population in 2017: 11,658,609

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 35%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 42%

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    #24. North Carolina

    Estimated state population in 2017: 10,273,419

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 36%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 39%

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    #23. Georgia

    Estimated state population in 2017: 10,429,379

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 36%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 40%

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    #22. Indiana

    Estimated state population in 2017: 6,666,818

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 36%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 43%

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    #21. Alaska

    Estimated state population in 2017: 739,795

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 36%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 52%

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    #20. Iowa

    Estimated state population in 2017: 3,145,711

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 37%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 42%

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    #19. Texas

    Estimated state population in 2017: 28,304,596

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 38%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 41%

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    #18. West Virginia

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,815,857

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 38%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 44%

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    #17. Missouri

    Estimated state population in 2017: 6,113,532

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 38%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 45%

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    #16. Kansas

    Estimated state population in 2017: 2,913,123

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 38%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 48%

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    #15. Kentucky

    Estimated state population in 2017: 4,454,189

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 39%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 45%

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    #14. North Dakota

    Estimated state population in 2017: 755,393

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 39%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 56%

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    #13. Louisiana

    Estimated state population in 2017: 4,684,333

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 40%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 43%

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    #12. Tennessee

    Estimated state population in 2017: 6,715,984

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 40%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 47%

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    #11. South Carolina

    Estimated state population in 2017: 5,024,369

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 41%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 47%

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    #10. Nebraska

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,920,076

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 41%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 50%

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    #9. South Dakota

    Estimated state population in 2017: 869,666

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 41%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 52%

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    #8. Arkansas

    Estimated state population in 2017: 3,004,279

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 42%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 45%

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    #7. Oklahoma

    Estimated state population in 2017: 3,930,864

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 42%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 49%

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    #6. Montana

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,050,493

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 42%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 51%

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    #5. Idaho

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,716,943

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 42%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 53%

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    #4. Utah

    Estimated state population in 2017: 3,101,833

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 42%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 56%

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    #3. Mississippi

    Estimated state population in 2017: 2,984,100

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 43%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 45%

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    #2. Alabama

    Estimated state population in 2017: 4,874,747

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 43%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 50%

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    #1. Wyoming

    Estimated state population in 2017: 579,315

    Percent of state residents who are conservative: 46%

    Percent of state residents who are Republican-leaning: 56%

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