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Poor States Are Conservative; Rich States Are Liberal. Why, and Where?

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On 31 January 2014, Gallup issued their latest report on the "Liberal" and "Conservative" affiliations of residents within the 50 states plus D.C., and these ideological rankings of the states plus D.C. were almost identical to the rankings of the states plus D.C. along the high "Per Capita Personal Income" versus low "Per Capita Personal Income" from the U.S. Census Bureau (see page 26 of that document, p. 44 of the .pdf). The most liberal was D.C.; the richest was also D.C. The second-most conservative was Mississippi; the poorest was also Mississippi.

Here are the ten most liberal states, in order: D.C., Vermont, Massachusetts, Hawaii, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, California, Maine. 

Here are the ten richest (PCPI) states (also in order): D.C., Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Wyoming, Virginia, New Hampshire, Alaska. 

5 states are on both of those top-10 lists.

And here are the ten most conservative states: Wyoming, Mississippi, Idaho, Utah, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, North Dakota, South Carolina. 

Here are the ten poorest (lowest PCPI) states: Mississippi, Idaho, West Virginia, Utah, South Carolina, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Alabama, Arizona. 

6 states are on both of those top-10 lists.

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The liberal states are the rich states, and the conservative states are the poor states.

How can one explain the exceptions, such as Wyoming's being (and it is by far) the most conservative state, and also being the 7th-highest on per capita personal income?

My theory to explain this is that conservatism has actually two components: aristocratic, and theocratic. Both the aristocracy, and the clergy, tend to be strongly conservative; aristocrats love the status-quo because they've got most of the wealth -- the status-quo is good for them; clergy love the status-quo because they're committed to worshipping the very personification of power -- The All-Powerful One, the All-Mighty, the Creator-God -- the supposed person who made things the way they are. Clergy believe: Might makes right. Aristocrats believe: A person's wealth is a measure of his worth. Both beliefs are conservative.

In Wyoming, the aristocracy are more in control; in Mississippi, the clergy are more in control. They're conservative for different reasons: greed in rich states, faith in poor states. In liberal states, neither the aristocracy nor the clergy are in control (though both always try to be).

On 13 February 2013, Gallup headlined "Mississippi Maintains Hold as Most Religious State; Vermont is the least religious," and reported a states-ranking that was, yet again, very close to the one for poverty. The ten most-religious states were: Mississippi, Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma.

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5 of those 10 are also among the 10 poorest states.

The ten least religious states are: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, D.C., Washington (state), Connecticut, Alaska.

5 of those 10 are also among the highest PCPI states.

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So, is the purpose of this article to advance a be... by Lee Beacham on Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 2:27:52 PM
You live in the 7th-most-conservative state, and i... by Eric Zuesse on Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 3:37:37 PM
What are you want reader to take away from this ar... by Lee Beacham on Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 5:41:26 PM
LOL!!!  More comical propaganda about voting... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 9:57:24 PM
An interesting article but I believe that your an... by BFalcon on Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 11:15:19 PM
The reason Maryland didn't show among the 10 most... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 6:23:24 AM
"In order for the middle class to be won over [to ... by Don Smith on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 12:33:01 AM
I believe that you are very wrong here. See Pope ... by BFalcon on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 7:36:00 AM
You are citing an exception to the rule, a rule th... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 7:46:23 AM
First, please don't equalize fundamentalism with ... by BFalcon on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 8:20:44 AM
You now are parsing between terms instead of discu... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 8:27:17 AM
I don't question that liberalism in general corre... by BFalcon on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 8:47:18 AM
"We have to understand that the theory of Reagan'... by Maxwell on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:26:34 AM
Yes, And I think this is partly because there is... by BFalcon on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:16:37 PM
If you want to see a discussion of the respective ... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 10:35:24 AM
Thanks, will do. However, you should also acknowl... by BFalcon on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:20:46 PM
Of course there are exceptions to every trend.&nb... by Maxwell on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:21:43 AM
It is totally wrong to relate religion to the awkw... by BFalcon on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:24:56 PM
I think any analysis of why a certain demographic... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 7:30:34 AM
Agree. I would like to mention certain important... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00:18 AM
"Another simple explanation: The government does ... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 10:26:16 AM
Interesting article.  Just wondering how this... by Bill Franklin on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 5:08:42 AM
The truth may be in between, but not necessarily ... by BFalcon on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 7:38:12 AM
But that Gallup poll was so lame!  It didn't... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 8:03:08 AM
This Gallup poll was just the latest in a long str... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 8:32:16 AM
Despite your own illusions, in America, politics i... by Lee Beacham on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 10:40:04 AM
What we increasingly have in this country isn't "c... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 11:19:38 AM
Now we agree. Government control over private prod... by Lee Beacham on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 5:50:22 PM
You turn the definition of "fascism" upside down. ... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 8:52:13 PM
If they're going to try to pass their "study" off... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 1:05:00 PM
If you want to know the number of people they sur... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 1:17:08 PM
Agree that "scientific" polls are not scientific ... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 7:48:51 AM
Well, I agree that transparency is key. ... by Jill Herendeen on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 8:47:01 AM
"If they're going to try to pass their "study" of... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 10:12:34 AM
Evidence?  That depends on where/how they got... by Jill Herendeen on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 11:10:22 AM
Valid questions, if you followed the author's lin... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 1:06:33 PM
Re. "but I imagine it depends on who's paying for... by Eric Zuesse on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 1:42:16 PM
Sorry, I'm not familiar with Gallup's business mo... by Maxwell on Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 9:08:23 AM
As far as Moody's and S&P are concerned, they ... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 9:44:58 AM
This is interesting data and an interesting analys... by Maxwell on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:05:01 AM
To me I think I can boil it down to its most simp... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 3:03:26 PM
No, it's not that simple.  If you have nothi... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 9:59:13 AM
p.s. and whether you're inclined to believe liber... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 1:13:32 PM
You seem to have diverted the focus of my comment... by Bill Johnson on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 8:46:34 AM
Not sure what distinction you're trying to make.&... by Maxwell on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 10:41:07 AM
could it be that the conservatism is causing all t... by zon moy on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 5:24:20 PM
I agree with that. For example, these are the low-... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 8:56:35 PM