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Friday, February 01, 2013


A quick look at the makeup of the General Assembly will tell you Rhode Island is a fairly liberal state but did you know that the Ocean State is tied with Washington as the seventh most-liberal state in the country?

At least, that’s what a new Gallup poll released today says.

With 28.3 percent of residents identifying as ideologically liberal, the Ocean State finished behind only the District of Columbia (40.8), Massachusetts (30.5), Oregon (29.3), Vermont (29.2), Delaware (28.4) and Connecticut (28.4) in the poll.

Perhaps more surprising, however, was where the state ranked in terms of residents who identified themselves as moderate, as Rhode Island was second only to Alaska in that category nationwide. Overall, 41.5 percent of respondents said they identified as "moderate".

Gallup's poll found that Alabama was the most conservative state in the country as 50.6 percent of residents identified their ideology as conservative. North Dakota and Wyoming tied for 2nd with 48.6 percent conservative.


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Art West

Politcal labels are pretty subjective. People obviously think of their own political beliefs as reasonable, and more in the center than what they might be when measured by well defined criteria.

For fun, I suggest taking the quiz at the Libertarian Party site: http://www.lp.org

It does a pretty good objective job of pinpointing one's true political position through a series of questions. If all Rhode Islanders took this quiz, I think many more than 28% of would be identified as liberal.

Mark D

The article confuses "moderate" with the Moderate Party. They are not the same.


the more blue the state the more broke the state..just remember that.

Kati Loreen

Ain't it great to white!

Michael Trenn

Wow, we are even bad at Liberalism! Come on Libs; you can do it! Get out there and agitate for higher taxes, fewer profitable companies, and more benefits for Illegals. It is important that you get vocal, so we can be number One in something!

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