By Jon Dougherty
A new Gallup survey has found that self-identified liberals only outnumber conservatives in six states, down from nine since the last time the poll was taken.
The six states where liberals dominate are not surprising: Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Washington, New York, and New Hampshire.
But one state that many might think is overwhelmingly populated by self-described liberals — California — is actually evenly split with 29 percent of voters identifying as ‘liberal’ and 29 percent as ‘conservative.’
Nationwide, meanwhile, Americans who associate themselves with conservatism outnumber liberals by nine percent, according to theÂ Washington Examiner.
Gallup noted that the liberal-conservative gap used to be much wider — 21 percent — and that a number of states fall within the margin of error.
â€œThe 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 â€˜highly conservativeâ€™ states in which conservatives outnumber liberals by at least 20 percentage points,â€ said Gallup.
As the map above notes, the concentration of liberals and conservatives is noteworthy in and of itself.
The East and West coasts are dominated by self-identified liberals, and that only matters mostly because those two regions of the country are densely populated and becoming more so.
But as California surprisingly demonstrates, the Left-wing political, social, and economic influence that has long dominated these regions may be waning. High taxes, nonsensical social policies, and crippling regulation are driving more people out of those regions and turning deep blue states into light blue states or even toss-ups.
That can only mean conservatism — lower taxes, sensible social policies, and opportunity-creating capitalism — is holding its own or becoming dominant in a larger portion of the country.
Republican presidential contenders aren’t likely to prevail in states like California, New York, Illinois, and Washington in 2020 or even 2024. But political trends being what they appear to be, Left-wing economic and social policies that deprive citizens of their wealth and freedom are certainly not gaining in popularity in most of the country and, in fact, may even be losing favor.
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