Why is Minnesota So Liberal?
I was randomly doing a search about Minnesota and came up with the question, why is Minnesota so liberal? To get answers to this question, which here on caucus day I was suddenly interested, we need to turn to a publication called The Hill.
According to The Hill, because of our history of supporting Democratic presidential candidates and the DFL's control of the legislature, are a few of the reasons, along with others that Minnesota is so liberal. But we are only second on the list. To determine how we are, The Hill took a look at all the voting trends and history of all 50 states. Here is what they found out.
This is what the site says about Minnesota specifically:
Voted for Democratic president in last seven elections; two Democratic senators; five out of eight House representatives are Democrats; past three governors have been one Reform Party member, one Republican and one Democrat; Democratic-controlled Legislature.
Here are The Hill's 10 most liberal states:
5. Rhode Island
6. New York
And in case you were wondering which states are the most conservative:
1. Alabama (most conservative)
10. South Carolina
The other interesting thing is that we are apparently "closet" liberals. According to the Gallup organization, only a little more than 23 percent of Minnesotans will admit to being liberal. Nineteen states have a higher percentage.
The main thing is to get out and express yourself at a caucus near you. And vote how you feel, not how you think others feel.