Gallup.com's "State of the States" series reveals state-by-state differences in political party affiliation, consumer confidence, well-being, and more, based on U.S. daily tracking data collected between January and June 2009.
Utah and Wyoming are most Republican
Catholics most prevalent in East, while other Christians are concentrated in the South
Eight of 10 highest well-being states located in the West and Midwest
Western and Northeastern states fill out the top 10
Percentage of adults without health insurance is up in several states
Less stressed states usually, but not always, have more happy residents
Some of largest gains are in Northeastern states
Lowest rating in Wyoming
Conservatives outnumber liberals in nearly every state, but not in D.C.
Many states trending downward compared to 2008 on measures of basic need
More states trending up than down on both health outcomes compared to 2008
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