Alabama was the most conservative state in the union in 2012, with more than half of state residents describing themselves as politically conservative, according to a new survey released today by Gallup.

The Princeton, N.J.-based polling firm found that 50.6 percent of Alabamians identified their ideology as conservative, the highest among all states. North Dakota and Wyoming tied for second at 48.6 percent, followed by Mississippi (48.2) and Utah (48).

Residents of the District of Columbia were by far the most likely to identify as liberal (41%), followed by Massachusetts (31%), Oregon, and Vermont (each at 29% liberal).

Gallup compiled the rankings through telephone surveys conducted from January through December of last year, tracking more than 211,000 adults in all 50 states.

While Alabama is reliably Republican, Gallup did find that there is not a perfect correlation between ideology and party.

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