Most Conservative States 2016: A Closer Look

Grave Creek in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. Photo by Thomas and Diane Jones. Grave Creek in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. Photo by Thomas and Diane Jones.

Below is a detailed analysis of the New Revere Daily Press’ rankings for the nation’s most conservative states. The rankings were determined by evaluating a variety of factors, including election results, tax burden, and personal/business freedom (or lack of personal/business freedom).

The personal/business freedom score accounted for 50 percent of the total weighted score. In order to determine the personal/business freedom score, we used a number of measures provided by the Cato Institute’s 2016 Freedom in the 50 States report, which can be found here. We did exclude a number of measures in that report, some because of redundancy and others because we felt they were poor measures. For instance, we did not use Cato’s “marriage freedom” score because it is our believe the government should have no role in marriage at all.

The tax burden part of our score accounted for 25 percent of the total score. We relied on WalletHub’s excellent ranking of total tax burden to create our own scores. WalletHub created its rankings by examining property taxes, individual income tax rates, and total sales and gross receipts tax rates. You can read Wallethub’s 2016 ratings here.

The final component (also 25%) of our score is 2012 presidential election results. States that had the most voters for Barack Obama were ranked the lowest. States with the fewest Obama voters were ranked highest. We chose not to use the 2016 election results because of the unique nature of that election. In 2016, many red states voted at higher rates for Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton than usual, and many blue states, notably Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, voted for Republican Donald Trump. We believe because this election was so unique, it would skew our results to use the 2016 results in our final analysis.

PHOTO: Grave Creek in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. Photo by Thomas and Diane Jones.

State Conservatism Rankings

Ranking State Total Points
1 Oklahoma 190
2 Alaska 178
3 South Dakota 178
4 Tennessee 177
5 Idaho 174
6 New Hampshire 167
7 Wyoming 167
8 Florida 156
9 Indiana 144
10 Montana 142
11 North Dakota 142
12 Alabama 140
13 South Carolina 139
14 Colorado 135
15 Utah 135
16 Nevada 133
17 Arizona 132
18 Missouri 132
19 Kansas 128
20 Virginia 123
21 Iowa 122
22 Texas 122
23 Georgia 121
24 North Carolina 120
25 Nebraska 117
26 Arkansas 108
27 Louisiana 104
28 Delaware 97
29 Pennsylvania 97
30 Michigan 91
31 Kentucky 90
32 New Mexico 85
33 West Virginia 85
34 Mississippi 83
35 Washington 82
36 Wisconsin 75
37 Oregon 72
38 Ohio 69
39 Massachusetts 60
40 Minnesota 52
41 Illinois 35
42 Maine 34
43 Maryland 28
44 Rhode Island 27
45 Vermont 27
46 Connecticut 26
47 New Jersey 25
48 California 22
49 Hawaii 9
50 New York 7

WalletHub Tax Burden Rankings

Overall Rank State Total Tax Burden
8 Alabama 7.41%
1 Alaska 5.18%
23 Arizona 8.67%
32 Arkansas 9.09%
40 California 9.91%
21 Colorado 8.49%
46 Connecticut 10.91%
2 Delaware 5.91%
7 Florida 7.22%
16 Georgia 8.31%
49 Hawaii 11.86%
13 Idaho 7.87%
41 Illinois 10.19%
35 Indiana 9.18%
34 Iowa 9.15%
37 Kansas 9.32%
25 Kentucky 8.70%
18 Louisiana 8.43%
47 Maine 11.13%
38 Maryland 9.38%
33 Massachusetts 9.10%
29 Michigan 8.82%
45 Minnesota 10.46%
31 Mississippi 9.06%
14 Missouri 7.90%
11 Montana 7.71%
30 Nebraska 9.04%
17 Nevada 8.37%
4 New Hampshire 6.88%
44 New Jersey 10.38%
24 New Mexico 8.67%
50 New York 13.12%
22 North Carolina 8.66%
27 North Dakota 8.78%
39 Ohio 9.48%
6 Oklahoma 6.95%
19 Oregon 8.45%
26 Pennsylvania 8.73%
43 Rhode Island 10.36%
15 South Carolina 8.03%
5 South Dakota 6.94%
3 Tennessee 6.56%
10 Texas 7.67%
28 Utah 8.80%
48 Vermont 11.13%
12 Virginia 7.80%
20 Washington 8.45%
36 West Virginia 9.19%
42 Wisconsin 10.32%
9 Wyoming 7.62%

Customized Cato Institute Freedom Rankings

State Ranking Personal Freedom Ranking Points (Rank-51)*(-2)
Alabama 23 56
Alaska 5 92
Arizona 14 74
Arkansas 29 44
California 49 4
Colorado 10 82
Connecticut 45 12
Delaware 31 40
Floria 8 86
Georgia 22 58
Hawaii 48 6
Idaho 7 88
Illinois 44 14
Indiana 3 96
Iowa 9 84
Kansas 16 70
Kentucky 41 20
Louisiana 34 34
Maine 42 18
Maryland 46 10
Massachusetts 33 36
Michigan 24 54
Minnesota 37 28
Mississippi 36 30
Missouri 18 66
Montana 17 68
Nebraska 25 52
Nevada 11 80
New Hampshire 1 100
New Jersey 47 8
New Mexico 30 42
New York 50 2
North Carolina 19 64
North Dakota 12 78
Ohio 35 32
Oklahoma 2 98
Oregon 38 26
Pennsylvania 26 50
Rhode Island 43 16
South Carolina 15 72
South Dakota 4 94
Tennessee 6 90
Texas 28 46
Utah 20 62
Vermont 40 22
Virginia 21 60
Washington 32 38
West Virginia 39 24
Wisconsin 27 48
Wyoming 13 76

2012 Election Results Rankings

State Ranking Obama Vote %
Alabama 10 38.4
Alaska 15 41.3
Arizona 21 44.1
Arkansas 6 36.9
California 44 59.3
Colorado 28 51.2
Connecticut 42 58.4
Delaware 43 58.6
Floria 25 50
Georgia 23 45.4
Hawaii 50 70.6
Idaho 3 32.6
Illinois 40 57.3
Indiana 19 43.8
Iowa 30 52.1
Kansas 7 37.8
Kentucky 7 37.8
Louisiana 14 40.6
Maine 39 56
Maryland 46 61.7
Massachusetts 45 60.8
Michigan 36 54.3
Minnesota 33 52.8
Mississippi 18 43.5
Missouri 22 44.3
Montana 17 41.8
Nebraska 7 37.8
Nevada 32 52.3
New Hampshire 31 52.2
New Jersey 41 58
New Mexico 35 52.9
New York 47 62.6
North Carolina 24 48.4
North Dakota 11 38.9
Ohio 26 50.1
Oklahoma 4 33.2
Oregon 37 54.5
Pennsylvania 29 52
Rhode Island 48 62.7
South Carolina 20 44
South Dakota 13 39.9
Tennessee 12 39
Texas 16 41.4
Utah 1 24.9
Vermont 49 67
Virginia 27 50.8
Washington 38 55.8
West Virginia 5 35.5
Wisconsin 33 52.8
Wyoming 2 28
New Revere Daily Press
About New Revere Daily Press (83 Articles)
The New Revere Daily Press is an all-encompassing, no-holds-barred media platform that delivers news conservatives, libertarians, Republicans, and anyone else who supports the pro-liberty movement values (yes, even you liberty loving Democrats hiding from the rest of your party).
Twitter Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com