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FILE - In this May 29, 2012 file photo, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) FILE - In this May 29, 2012 file photo, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)  

Gallup: Alabama most conservative state, District of Columbia most liberal

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Alabama is the most conservative state in the union while the District of Columbia is the most liberal according to a Gallup survey released Friday.

Following the Yellowhammer state in Gallup’s ranking were North Dakota, Wyoming, and Mississippi. The most liberal states after the nation’s capital were Massachusetts, Oregon, and Vermont.

The ideology of the top 10 and bottom ten broke along “red” and “blue” state lines.

The state with the highest percentage of moderates was Alaska, followed by Rhode Island, Ohio, and Maryland.

While those with a more conservative bend still outnumber liberals, Gallup concludes that the country is less conservative than it was in 2011 based on their survey of self-reported ideology.

Further ideological make ups tended to break along geographical lines.

“The geographic dispersion of ideology across the states follows what are by now familiar lines of political demarcation,” Gallup’s Frank Newport reported. “The most conservative states are in the South, Midwest, and Mountain West, while the most liberal are on the East or the West Coast.”

The survey results were based on Gallup Daily tracking from from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012, with a random sample of 211,972 adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Full rankings available here.

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