A new Gallup poll lists the most conservative and most liberal states in the U.S. -- and Utah did not top the most conservative list.

Utah came out fourth on the list, with 46.9 percent of the residents identifying themselves as conservatives. Utah came in behind Wyoming, Mississippi and Idaho.

Utah's ranking is up from fifth in Gallup's 2012 poll, where 48 percent of residents self-identified as conservative. They were ranked second in 2011 with 51 percent.

Gallup’s poll was conducted over the telephone from Jan. 2 to Dec. 29, 2013. The sample size was 178,527 adults, age 18 and older, living in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The margin of error is plus or minus one percent, according to Gallup.

Washington, D.C., was the most liberal place in the country, with 38.1 percent of residents identifying as liberals. Vermont, Massachusetts, Delaware and New York rounded out the top five, Gallup said.

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-- Stacy Johnson has worked as the Online Editor at the Daily Herald since 2007. She co-writes the From the Web series and writes about crafts for Mom Click.
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