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Wyoming most conservative state, D.C. most liberal (though it's not a state)

August 5, 2010 |  3:11 pm

Dick-cheneyGet out your U.S. map and your favorite red and blue crayons.

Color in red that big square of Wyoming (kids, it's the one above the four squarish states on the left side of the map).

The home state of the lovable Dick Cheney is the most conservative in the union, with 53% of respondents saying they're conservative, according to a recent Gallup poll. The pollsters asked more than 90,000 to identify their political beliefs during the first half of this year.

The most liberal state is not actually a state at all. The District of Columbia, where a Democratic president, his Democratic cabinet and the Democrat-heavy Congress does their work, has the most liberals, with 42% identifying as such.

Behind Washington in the liberal rankings is a bunch of tiny northeastern states -- Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts.

After Wyoming on the conservative list is Mississippi, which also has about 53% conservatives. Then there's Utah, South Dakota, Alabama and North Dakota.

Taking a look at the ideologies mapped out, the literal territorial divide isn't as clear-cut as the days of the Civil War. You know, the good ol' days.

-- Mark Milian

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Photo: Dick Cheney, 46th U.S. vice president, once was a House representative for the now most-conservative state, Wyoming. Credit: Shawn Thew / EPA