What makes some states more liberal and others more conservative?

//What makes some states more liberal and others more conservative?

What makes some states more liberal and others more conservative?

Question by Scot: What makes some states more liberal and others more conservative?
What is it that makes a certain place conservative or Liberal, like Illinois tends to be liberal but Indiana tends to be conservative, like wise California tends to liberal but Arizona tends to be conservative.

What is it that makes this, is it the way people are brought up, peoples values, urban/rural? I mean between someone from Illinois and someone from Indiana I cant tell the difference. Yet the two states have different political views largely.

Best answer:

Answer by tdtcapo
Because the more conservative states have a lot more uneducated rednecks living in them…

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By | 2014-01-05T22:26:11+00:00 January 5th, 2014|Arizona Marketing|11 Comments

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  1. dwoodall January 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    How they are raised.

  2. ? January 5, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    IQ (look up the correlation)

  3. Sakata Gintoki January 6, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Number of people and access to projects run with taxpayer money.
    Rural areas typically don’t receive much for their money.
    So they don’t vote to spend taxpayer money on other people.

  4. Bob M January 6, 2014 at 12:46 am

    An influx of foreign money makes a state more liberal.

  5. Defense Devil January 6, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Liberals are spoiled and were never punished as a child for doing wrong. If you don’t agree with them. We are all lunatics.

  6. CaptainFreon January 6, 2014 at 1:51 am

    The public schools. They have a big influence on the future voting population.

  7. konstantine m January 6, 2014 at 2:33 am

    well most minorities are liberal democrates(90%Or more of african americans). So wherever there are a high percentage of blacks, that state will obviously be more liberal. Thus California, new york, new jersey, etc. The state of oregon tends to be an exception though.

  8. piegowdealer January 6, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Several factors

    Population concentrated in metropolitan areas. Relatively high number of colleged educated adults. Unionized work force.

  9. bkosmo2 January 6, 2014 at 3:52 am

    A better question is why is it when Libs get what they want and they are allegedly for the poor people, why does poverty go up when Government spending goes up as a percent of GDP?

  10. George S January 6, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Culture. The rural states tend to be conservative because the people there are more self-reliant, stoic and austere.

    States with a larger urban population are more socialist, not liberal. Socialists have fraudulently taken the label “liberal” when liberalism is actually antithetical to their policies; but they prefer that label to theirs. Most people today say, think, and believe whatever they like, regardless of any truth to it.

    Jefferson futilely warned that bringing heavy industry here would bring hordes of people conditioned to taking direction and dependent on someone else for a wage. That’s what we have now and those are inclined to socialism.

    Liberalism advocates: individual freedom, weak government, and free markets. Conservatism advocates: moral responsibility, strong government, and protected markets. Socialism advocates: social responsibility, omnipotent government, and controlled markets.

  11. Matt D January 6, 2014 at 4:23 am

    People from Illinois and Indiana aren’t that different The biggest difference, Illinois has Chicago. Big cities have minority populations, universities, unions, and are multicultural. Rural places are more conservative and democrats aren’t necessarily liberal about 1/3rd of all democrats consider themselves liberal while a huge majority of republicans consider themselves conservative. You can’t tell the difference between most conservatives and liberals unless you debate certain political issue’s.

    The biggest reason is probably family and peers. If people look up to their parents they’ll many times defend them right or wrong. Same with peers.

    Illinois’ views don’t differ that much from Indiana’s or any other state. It’s just that a majority whether it be 51% would make a state blue or red therefor their politics are usually about the same except democrats tend to tax and spend way more money on social programs, schools, government, and union work. If you take the average conservative and the average liberal and put them in a room, they would agree about many things and disagree about a few.

    Most Americans aren’t as bitter about politics as political commentators would like you to think. Their listeners are usually very political and they themselves would like the audience to believe in the importance of there beliefs by creating a one sided argument “us and them” attitude, In which one party is destroying America or causing all the problems.

    In reality, the vast majority of people don’t choose one side or the other totally. For instance, Sean Hannity tries to make one believe that all the people who disagree with Obama’s health care reform have the same mindset and believe exactly what he believes, even though many disagree because it’s not enough or want a more “leftist” program.

    Religion is a main factor states that are more religious are more conservative because of right to life, cultural anomalies that they blame on the liberal culture. Although “liberalism” doesn’t condone pornography, promiscuity, or violence. Some conservatives believe that progressive thought has damaged christian morality by siding with gay marriage and pro choice.

    The more rural and isolated one is the more they are likely to have the same opinion as the people they know and are not introduced to different ideas whether right or wrong and fear or don’t want change in the way of progressive idea’s.

    Race also plays a factor. Blacks and Hispanic people are more likely to vote democratic because of what they believe to be more racist tendencies by the conservative groups. Blacks have been voting democratic ever since the new deal when southern whites rebelled against the democratic party for their race policies. Most conservatives aren’t racist, but just tend to have a view of American culture that is more nationalistic, and want other races to adapt many conservative democrats and republicans believe that immigrants are taking jobs away from Americans. However many people believe that this is not do to economics but race and fear of a white minority. Some of the most racist people in America are southern democrats who are so involved in tradition they still vote for the democrats, they were quite the racist party before the “New deal” and won’t vote for republicans because it was the party of Lincoln and still bitter over the civil war!

    States that have unions are more likely to vote democratic. Education plays a role. The more one goes to college the more likely they’ll be liberal, this is due to accepting liberal philosophy and progressive attitudes towards science, law, and morality. Business majors and people in finance have a more right wing economic policy but are still more often socially liberal.

    Most states aren’t blue or red they’re purple

    http://www.princeton.edu/~rvdb/JAVA/election2004/purple_america_2004b.gif

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