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Old 08-28-2021, 10:09 AM
Location: The High Desert
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Originally Posted by TheseGoTo11 View Post
With the exception of Utah, the big difference in the West vs. South in GOP areas is lower church attendance. More libertarian, legal weed, and pro-choice than the South.
There are different schools of conservatism: social, political, fiscal (not mutually exclusive). I live in the west and, when you take Trump out of the equation, it tends to run more to fiscal conservatism with a dose of libertarian thought. When I lived in a border state, before Trump, it was more of a social conservatism. I find that Western conservatism (without Trump) seems to be less judgmental and less bible-thumping than in the Midwest and South. To me, the strongest adherents of political conservatism were once in Arizona and southern California. Of course, that is a simplification and generalization -- an individual might be all three.

I choose to take Trump out of the equation because there are many among his followers who claim to be conservative but are something else, entirely.

Old 08-28-2021, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by MightyGuy View Post
People associate the south with conservatism. It includes states like Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and West Virginia.

Then there is a vast region in the North West also full of conservatives. States like Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and Montana.

Is there any difference between the politicians of those two regions?
I don't really like my current governor in Florida, he's not the ideal conservative I am looking for...

Southern states are associated with some bad statistics, but I don't hear much about those north conservative states, although that could be due to their low population.
The states you mentioned, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, they are more associated with the American West than the North.

Northern conservatism, I think more of places like rural Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, southern Ohio, Wisconsin (other than Milwaukee and Madison). When I think of northern c-*onservatism, I think of the Midwest, not the American West. =
Old 08-28-2021, 02:22 PM
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This article, while not explicitly talking about conservatism, might give some insight into the political and regional variations throughout the USA. It might explain conservatism in the South vs the rest of America.

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