US Political Maps, State-by-State Comparison

Thousands of people have taken our Political Spectrum Quiz, which places you on a grid according to your political leanings. We've gathered a lot of statistics from this quiz. What fun would it be if we didn't create neat maps from the data?

Below are four US maps showing state-by-state comparisons reflecting the average scores on four different axes. One caveat to consider is that quiz-takers are self-selected and thus not a representative sample.

Social Libertarian vs. Authoritarian By State

Libertarian vs. Authoritarian

This map is regenerated periodically. As of this writing, social authoritarians are found mostly in the South and in a few mountain states. The most socially libertarian states are found in the Pacific Northwest and New England. Please note, this map represents social policy, not economic! The next map tackles economic policy.

Economic Left vs. Right By State

Political Left vs. Right

As of this writing, the South is the politically furthest right. The Pacific Northwest and several New England states are the furthest left. It's interesting to see how much Maine diverges from some of its neighboring states. California is not is far to the left as some might expect.

Neocon vs. Non-interventionist By State

Neocon vs. Non-interventionalist

This map shows a pattern that is becoming familiar. Neoconservatism is concentrated mostly in the South. Non-interventionist states are scattered in the Northeast and along the West Coast.

Liberal vs. Conservative By State

Liberal vs. Conservative

The Southern and several Mountain states are the most culturally conservative, as well as Alaska. The liberal side of the culture war is unsurprisingly found in several Northeast states as well as on the West Coast. The Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West and several Mountain states represent the political middle.

If you want to see how the US political parties compare in their quiz results, check this out.

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