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South Dakota Scorecard

2014 U.S. Midterm Elections

This scorecard shows how South Dakota residents rate their state's leadership, economy, political landscape, and social climate as well as how they view the nation's leadership and economy. South Dakota residents' responses on 14 key metrics are compared with national averages. Understand how we calculated the 14 key metrics.

POLITICS South Dakota National Average


% Republican/Lean Republican 51 39
% Democratic/Lean Democratic 31 43


% Conservative 41 36
% Moderate 39 36
% Liberal 16 23

Presidential Job Approval

% Approve 32 43

Trust in Your State's Government

% Great deal/Fair amount 74 58^
Economics South Dakota National Average

Confidence in the U.S. Economy

Economic Confidence Index (-100 to 100) -14 -16

Confidence in Your State's Economy

Economic Confidence Index (-100 to 100) 51 23^

Good Time to Get a Job in City or Area

% Good time 59 40^

State Taxes Not Too High

% Not too high 69 47^

Payroll to Population Rate

% of Population Employed Full Time by an Employer 47 43
Satisfaction South Dakota National Average

Best State to Live in

% Best/One of the best 57 46^

Would Like to Remain in State

% Remain 71 65^

Satisfied With City or Area

% Satisfied 88 83^
Culture South Dakota National Average


% Very religious 40 41

City or Area Is Good Place for Racial and Ethnic Minorities

% Good place 80 83^

National averages: Average for the total U.S. population. The national average measures are from Gallup Daily tracking conducted January-June 2014, with sample sizes ranging from 230 in the least populous states to 8,500 in the most populous states. There are at least 500 respondents in 41 states.

^50-state averages: Overall average of the 50 individual state averages. The 50-state average measures are from a 50-state Gallup poll conducted June-December 2013 with at least 600 residents in each state.

Use Gallup Analytics to explore state political, economic, and well-being data collected since 2008.

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