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Poll: Alabama Most Conservative State in the Union, Massachusetts Most Liberal

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, ethics, politics, news, Galup Poll, republicans, democrats, usa, americans )

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Overall, Americans in 2012 remained more likely to identify as conservative (38%) than as moderate (36%) or as liberal (23%), although liberals have gained 2 percentage points compared to 2011.

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Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:45 pm
Damn straight! And we're proud of it, we have morals!

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:53 pm
P.S. And yes, there are some " uneducated " here, But the majority are as educated as anywhere else, & I've lived up north too, & there are people there who are not educated also.I was not born here, I was born in Fl. but I love all the southern states.

John B (185)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:53 pm
Thanks Cal for posting the link to the article by Alex Rogers. Very interesting results. Read and noted.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:17 pm
When people say "we have morals," I generally find they mean their morals and based in sanctity and purity. Not that those are bad things in themselves, but you know, the people that Jesus regularly called out and flipped off were people who took sanctity and purity to extremes. Liberals tend to base their values on what Jesus actually preached and practiced - like inclusion, understanding, comforting the afflicted (and afflicting the comfortable). Interestingly, liberals who are atheists and agnostics tend to share these same values

Peggy Peters (29)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:10 pm
I consider myself to have a foot in both worlds: Conservative & Liberal. Being born & raised in the sunshine state, I have seen so many transplants, each bringing their own little view of the world. We have our southern traditions and morals but we also try to be fair. It is a tough line to walk and if we get too soap boxy, we can wear ourselves out! We try to do the right thing, be good to others and be fair but don't take too much guff!!

Winn A (179)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:31 pm
I live in the 6th most liberal state and I'm a happy camper! I know I'd not be happy living in a conservative state. Been there, done that, not conducive to having an open mind and thinking for your self.

Ray M (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 8:05 pm
Don't know how anyone with a brain could live in the southern part of the U.S.. Most are a bunch of hypocritical extremists.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:30 pm
Thanks Cal--interesting post and comments.

Diane O (194)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:05 am
Ask anyone who lives and pays taxes in Massachusetts how they feel about the illegal immigrants getting free healthcare paid for by the taxpayers? It's a free for all and it is going to bankrupt the state. The same goes for Rhode Island and Connecticut. These liberal states are hurting financially and taxes are going up as fast as the overspending.

Obamacare will put the financial crisis icing on the cake for these states. If anyone is interested most of our red states are doing well financially by cutting spending, providing private sector jobs and they have a balanced budget with a surplus. Every large inner city has a democratic President at the helm and nothing seems to change to give those on welfare and government subsistance a different path in life.

There are, indeed, a few southern states who are still fighting the Civil War but as more and more northerners and midwesterners move to these states the bar is being raised. Nothing is ever perfect but at least there is progress being made in these few states who are lagging behind. If you do the research you'll see that Americans living in small towns (in Appalachia and other mountain regions) there are no jobs. The jobs are gone. All that is left is mining and a few factories. Instead of the young getting an education or training to support themselves and relocate, unfortunately, some stay behind and file for social security disability, disability and welfare. In other words, they are in a perpetual state of no hope for their future. They don't seem to understand that they need to make the personal choice to step outside the box and move to a thriving city to find a job to support their families.

Another area of high crime, massive welfare recipients, etc is in Washington DC. Again, democratic leadership or a lack thereof.

Ro H (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:15 am

Gene J (290)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:34 am
I am so disappointed. Two decades ago, before the red invasion from the south, Minnesota would have vied for 1st or 2nd. Perhaps now that we have a completely Democratic Governor, House and Senate, we'll be able to crack the top 10 once again. This is still a pretty good place to live, but not as good as it once was, when the entire state believed in the simple concept of the public good and both sides of the aisle acted in the long term best interests of all citizens of our state. We wandered far from that with that infusion of nearly a million people from the south since the early 1990's - and the Tea Party did take over the legislative branches two years ago, for the first time in our history, campaigning on jobs, jobs, jobs. But when the citizenry saw what they actually DID, which mirrored Washington and other Tea Party states and was begin a war on women and the LGBT community, they were swept back out of office at the very next election, and those in our Senate who won four year terms will be gone in 2014. People before dollars has always been our cause here with education and health care for all a priority. It still is. The Tea Party wants nothing to do with either idea. And that's why they are already history here. And why I think we'll be back in the top 10 soon.

jan b (5)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:43 am
Nearly half of Alabama=s poor were in extreme poverty, data from the State of Alabama Department of Education. The state of Alabama has a poor track record in practically everything you can measure except football.

OKAY say you have no compassion for adults......well read on.....cause according to recent U.S. Census data, one in four children in Alabama is living in poverty. In 2010, 27.4 percent of Alabama children under 18 lived in poverty. The percentage in 2007 was 23.4 percent. The situation hasnít improved; on the contrary, things are getting worse for the stateís poor. The 2010 figure is high even for a state that has been poor historically.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:44 am
Diane O, the red states are getting much, much more Federal assistance per capita than the blue states. If their governments are financially stable, that is why. It is also uninteresting. It is more interesting how well the poorest of the poor are doing. Gene, I wish Minnesota the best of luck on a comeback. :-)

jan b (5)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:47 am
Diane---I was born In Massachusetts, premiums soared after the state passed a mandate because of a secret deal between the stateís largest insurer and its largest hospital chain. (Sources: A handshake that made healthcare history. The Boston Globe, December 28)
Moving the " risky and the poor" into state plans is that the costs explode, the politicians don't want to provide taxpayer fixes, the price of the insurance premiums rise, and finally the people for whom the plans were devised cannot afford the plans at all.-

People do not want illegals to have their healthcare paid for by the Govt'
But arent we already paying for it---when they show up in the ER's ?
Given the fact that the gives fuel for my concern.USA has rid ourselves of many diseases that people from other countries have not------
Its not all about being GENEROUS to outsiders.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:31 pm
AL...Sucking the teet of america while denouncing it. Real cool, AL.

David Menard (43)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 2:09 pm
No surprises there.

Chris W (79)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:54 pm
Ro H..... my boss in a secret frog? weird?

Roxie H (350)
Monday February 4, 2013, 1:03 am
LOL ummm no...chris and ty cal...noted ...secret frog...LOL ugh lol!

Lloyd H (46)
Monday February 4, 2013, 6:07 am
As usual nice try with the lie Diane but no cigar. Alabama is a taker aka welfare client state of the Federal Government while MA is a donor state, Alabama receives 66% more in Federal funds than it pays, MA receives 18% less than it pays. And it is so interesting that the Red Repug states are nearly all Welfare Taker Client states and the Blue Dem states are mostly Donor states that pay the bills of the Red states. Diane I am sure the the people of MA and other Blue States would happy if the Red States actually began paying their way instead of mooching.

janice l (0)
Monday February 4, 2013, 7:12 am
and we all lived happily ever after

Tara Jane Hampton (17)
Monday February 4, 2013, 11:56 am

Diane O (194)
Monday February 4, 2013, 12:36 pm
Give 'em hell, Tara Jane!!

Diane O (194)
Monday February 4, 2013, 12:38 pm
Lloyd, I use to live in Wellesley, MA where all three of my children graduated from high school. I happen to know what I'm talking about. Checked out your nearly bankrupt blue states lately? California? Illinois?

Most of the democratic run states are in the toilet financially.
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