PRINCETON, NJ — Along with the District of Columbia, Rhode Island and Hawaii rank as the most Democratic states in the country, followed by New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts. Rounding out the top 10 Democratic states are Delaware, Connecticut, Vermont, and California. Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming are the most Republican states.
Gallup determines the partisan orientation of each state by subtracting the total percentage of adults identifying as or leaning Republican from those identifying as or leaning Democratic, thus creating a “Democratic advantage” figure. Positive values indicate a state is more Democratic than Republican, while negative values indicate it is more Republican.
So far in 2012, 44% of all U.S. adults have identified as or lean Democratic and 40% are Republican.