Most Conservative States 2020

What states are conservative in the United States? What are conservative politics?

The Republican Party is the major conservative party in the United States. Conservative politics aims for a smaller, deregulated government and desires to preserve the political philosophy and regulations articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. There is an aversion to rapid change and a strong belief that traditional morality, such as that articulated in the Bible, needs to be preserved. Additionally, conservatives also emphasize the importance of free-market capitalism and free trade.

Conservative politics generally opposes liberal politics, which generally places a greater value on social justice, ensuring access to healthcare, regulating economic activity, and social equality. A few of the most liberal states in the US are Hawaii, Massachusetts, and California. The Democratic Party is considered to be the liberal political party of the United States. US citizens typically identify as either Democratic or Republican, or liberal or conservative.

Conservative states are those states with a predominantly conservative population that consistently elect conservative-leaning legislation. Conservative states often have low taxes, limited gun laws, high religious participation, and limited business regulations. Wyoming is the most conservative state in the US. 67% of residents in Wyoming identify as Republican or Republican-leaning. Wyoming has low taxes across the board, including no state income tax. The state has elected a Republican Party candidate for every presidential election since the 1950s, except for the 1964 election.

The following is a list of the most conservative states in the United States. These findings are based on a Gallup 2018 tracking poll. States with a gap of 20 points or greater are considered “highly conservative.”

1. Mississippi

Mississippi is the most conservative state in the U.S. with 50% of the population being conservative. 29% of Mississippi residents are moderate, and 12% are liberal, the smallest percentage of every state. With a gap of 38 points, Mississippi is considered to be “highly conservative.” In the 2016 election, 57.9% of Mississippi voters voted Republican, which came at no surprise considering that Mississippi has not voted Democratic since 1976. Unsurprisingly, Mississippi has a high concentration of church-goers, which is significant as conservative politics are tied with traditions in the Bible.

2. Wyoming

Wyoming is the second-most conservative state in the U.S. 46% of residents in Wyoming identify as Conservative. Wyoming has low taxes across the board, including no state income tax. Wyoming has elected a Republican Party candidate for every presidential election since the 1950s, except for the 1964 election. About 68% of voters voted Republican in the 2016 presidential election.

3. Alabama

Alabama is tied with Wyoming as the second-most conservative state in the country with 46% of voters identifying as conservative. Alabama has the second-highest conservative advantage gap of 32 points, making it a “highly conservative” state. Alabama has voted Republican in the last eight presidential elections and 62.1% of voters voted Republican in the 2016 presidential election. Like Mississippi, many residents of Alabama are also avid church-goers.

4. West Virginia

West Virginia is the fourth-most conservative state in the U.S. 45% of voters identify as conservative in West Virginia, while only 17% identify as liberal, giving the state a conservative advantage of 28 points. About 68.5% of West Virginia voters voted Republican in the 2016 presidential election, the highest percentage of any state.

5. South Dakota

With 44% of voters identifying as conservative, South Dakota is the fifth-most conservative state in the United States. With only 13% of voters identifying as liberal, the second-smallest percentage of any state, South Dakota’s conservative advantage is 31 points, the third-highest of any state. In the 2016 presidential election, 61.5% of voters voted Republican, a margin of 29.8% over the 31.7% who voted Democratic.

6. Tennessee

Tennessee is the sixth-most conservative state in the United States. 43% of voters identify as conservative and 17% identify as conservative, resulting in a conservative advantage of 26 points. In the 2016 presidential election, 60.7% of voters voted Republican.

7. Oklahoma

Tied with Tennessee is Oklahoma, which is also 43% conservative. The conservative advantage in Oklahoma is 25 points due to a liberal percentage of just 18%. Oklahoma has only four blue counties in the whole state as per the last election in 2018. 65.3% of voters voted Republican in the 2016 presidential election and the state has voted Republican in 15 out of the last 16 elections.

8. Louisiana

Louisiana is tied with both Tennessee and Oklahoma with 43% of voters identifying as conservative. Louisiana has a conservative advantage of 28 points, the fourth-highest in the country. 58.1% of Louisiana voters voted Republican in the 2016 presidential election. The least conservative areas in Louisiana are New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport.

9. Utah

Utah is the ninth-most conservative state in the United States with 41% of voters identifying as conservative. 40% of Utah voters identify as moderates and 15% identify as liberal, giving Utah a 26-point conservative advantage. In the 2016 presidential election, 45.5% of voters voted Republican, the lowest percentage since 1992; 27.5% voted Democratic, and 21.5% voted for the Independent candidate. Like Oklahoma, Utah also has zero blue counties in the entire state.

10. South Carolina

Finishing the top ten most conservative states in the U.S. is South Carolina, which is 41% conservative. South Carolina has a conservative advantage of 25 points. In the 2016 presidential election, 54.9% of voters voted Republican. Areas that voted Democratic in 2016 are around Charleston and Columbia.

While there are very conservative states in the US, there are many very conservative cities, too. Some of these cities fall within the borders of already conservative states, while other cities are outliers in their home states. Here are the ten most conservative cities in the United States:

  1. Mesa, Arizona
  2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  3. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  4. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  5. Jacksonville, Florida
  6. Arlington, Texas
  7. Anaheim, California
  8. Omaha, Nebraska
  9. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  10. Aurora, Colorado
State Conservative Moderate Liberal Conservative Advantage (% points) 2020 Pop.
Mississippi50.00%29.00%12.00%382,989,260
Wyoming46.00%31.00%18.00%28567,025
Alabama46.00%34.00%14.00%324,908,620
West Virginia45.00%31.00%17.00%281,778,070
South Dakota44.00%37.00%13.00%31903,027
Tennessee43.00%34.00%17.00%266,897,580
Oklahoma43.00%35.00%18.00%253,954,820
Louisiana43.00%35.00%15.00%284,645,180
Utah41.00%40.00%15.00%263,282,120
South Carolina41.00%37.00%16.00%255,210,100
Missouri41.00%34.00%20.00%216,169,270
Arkansas41.00%38.00%15.00%263,039,000
Idaho40.00%37.00%17.00%231,826,160
Alaska40.00%38.00%17.00%23734,002
North Dakota39.00%41.00%18.00%21761,723
North Carolina39.00%33.00%21.00%1810,611,900
Montana39.00%38.00%18.00%211,086,760
Kentucky39.00%35.00%20.00%194,499,690
Kansas39.00%38.00%18.00%212,910,360
Indiana39.00%38.00%17.00%226,745,350
Georgia39.00%35.00%19.00%2010,736,100
Texas38.00%36.00%20.00%1829,472,300
New Mexico38.00%37.00%20.00%182,096,640
Ohio37.00%35.00%22.00%1511,747,700
Arizona37.00%36.00%21.00%167,378,490
Nebraska36.00%38.00%22.00%141,952,570
Florida36.00%36.00%22.00%1421,993,000
Wisconsin35.00%37.00%24.00%115,851,750
Maine35.00%29.00%33.00%21,345,790
Iowa35.00%39.00%21.00%143,179,850
Pennsylvania34.00%36.00%24.00%1012,820,900
Virginia33.00%37.00%24.00%98,626,210
Nevada33.00%38.00%23.00%103,139,660
Michigan33.00%38.00%23.00%1010,045,000
Colorado33.00%37.00%26.00%75,845,530
Oregon32.00%35.00%28.00%44,301,090
Minnesota32.00%37.00%25.00%75,700,670
Illinois31.00%36.00%27.00%412,659,700
Connecticut30.00%38.00%27.00%33,563,080
Rhode Island29.00%40.00%25.00%41,056,160
New Jersey29.00%37.00%27.00%28,936,570
Maryland29.00%39.00%28.00%16,083,120
Delaware29.00%43.00%24.00%5982,895
California29.00%36.00%29.00%039,937,500
Washington28.00%37.00%31.00%-37,797,100
Vermont28.00%36.00%32.00%-4628,061
New Hampshire28.00%36.00%30.00%-21,371,250
New York27.00%35.00%30.00%-319,440,500
Hawaii22.00%45.00%28.00%-61,412,690
Massachusetts21.00%38.00%35.00%-146,976,600