Gallup Ranks Pennsylvania’s Ideology

PA-US-House-MapIn a continuation of Gallup’s “State of the States” series, the polling service revealed the ideologies of each state.

Gallup writes that ideologies have remained quite similar across the 50 states. The results of the survey generally coincide with the political orientation of each state in elections, presidential job approval, and political party identification.

The results for Pennsylvania showed 34.8% of the state identified as conservative, 36.9% as moderate, and 22.8% as liberal. The results gave conservatives a 12% advantage. The 12% advantage placed Pennsylvania 34th in the country in terms of a conservative advantage.

Pennsylvania’s neighbor Ohio holds a conservative advantage of 16.1% while West Virginia holds a 21.7% advantage.

The results of the survey were based on phone interviews from January 2 to Dec 30, 2014 with a random sample of 177,034 adults. The margin of error for individual states is no greater than +/- 6%. Gallup asked individuals if they identified as very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal.

February 9th, 2015 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Poll, Top Stories | 6 Comments

6 thoughts on “Gallup Ranks Pennsylvania’s Ideology”

  1. New_Liberal_Lion says:

    @Upson Downs

    So what does “Conservative” resemble in meaning to you since the media and the rest of us are so out of touch? Please inform us all. I’d like to hear.

  2. Bill says:

    Let’s see, Republicans control 52 out of 67 county courthouses in Pennsylvania, and with no Gerrymandering. Wow…how’s that work. Maybe Gallup really is an objective professional polling organization.

  3. Upson Downs says:

    Most people in PA are smarter than you think. They know that “conservative” in reality bears no resemblance to the caricatures the media loves to harp on, and so amply illustrated by Isaac below.

  4. Agnes Tillerson says:

    Give me a break! Guess this is proven after the
    people in Pa. voted for non-mentus Muslim Obummer for two terms ??? Some people will say anything to screw-up the polls. Sorry Gallup. I do wish your findings were true. Our nation would be in better condition to survive as Representative Republic instead of being governed as a socialist dictatorship.

  5. Andrew Goutman says:

    I hear you, Isaac L. My mother identified herself as a conservative until her dying day, and yet we shared the same values about the necessity of government to protect individual rights and fight inequality. This label business doesn’t mean a thing. And Gallup: Just look at its polling for the 2012 election. Disgraceful.

  6. Isaac L. says:

    It’s always amazing to me how many self-described conservatives I know support “conservative” causes, like raising the minimum wage, protecting workers’ right to organize, protecting Social Security/Medicare, legalizing medical marijuana, requiring background checks for all gun buyers, outlawing discrimination against GLBT folks, and ending tax loopholes and tax handouts to the top one percent and corporations. Good thing they keep voting for conservative Republicans who share those values. Wouldn’t want to vote for one of those liberal, leftist socialists who don’t represent our values.

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