PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Mississippi is the most conservative state, followed by Utah, Wyoming and Alabama with 50 percent of more identifying as conservative, a survey indicates.
The Gallup tracking in 2011 found unlike political party identification, which has shifted significantly over the last four years, the state-by-state patterns in ideology have remained remarkably stable this year compared with previous years.
The percentage of each state identifying as conservative changed by only 1 percentage point or 2 in most states from 2010 to 2011.
Generally, the 10 most conservative states last year were in the South (Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee), the Midwest (Oklahoma and Nebraska), and the West (Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho). None were on the East or West coasts.
However, all of the 11 most liberal states last year were coastal -- Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, along with the District of Columbia, in the East, and Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and California in the West.
The largest change in conservative percentage from 2010 to 2011 was in Alaska, where the proportion of self-identified conservatives dropped to 33 percent in 2011 from 41 percent in 2010. There was little change in the liberal percentage over the last year in most states. The largest change came in Vermont, with a drop to 24 percent from 31 percent for the same period.
The overall survey has a margin of error of 1 percentage point, but for individual states the margin of error was no greater than 4 percentage points and 3 percentage points in most states.