Poll: Number of Conservative-Leaning States Drops to 39
(CN) – The number of conservative-leaning states has dropped from 44 to 39, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.
The survey, conducted over a number of polls taken throughout the year, found that 35 percent of Americans identified themselves as conservative, compared to 26 percent as liberal. This is a significant drop from last year when 46 percent identified as conservative.
According to researchers at Gallup, the unpopularity of Donald Trump’s presidency may have something to do with the change in numbers.
“Nationally, conservatism was on the lower end in 2017 after varying in a narrow range over the past two decades, while liberalism has steadily increased,” the poll states. “What happens next isn’t highly predictable, except to say that it may partly depend on how Americans view the leader of the party most associated with political conservatives – Republican President Donald Trump. His subpar job approval rating in 2017 may have starved conservatism of the political fuel needed to thrive while helping to feed liberalism.”