Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Free At Last? Free At Last?

Not in California, not according to a study from George Mason University.

According to a new study released by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University, some of our most liberal states rank at the bottom in a measure of personal freedom. “Freedom in the 50 States, an index of personal and economic freedom,” finds the most free states to be first New Hampshire, then Colorado, followed by S. Dakota, Idaho, Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, Arizona, Virginia and N. Dakota.The bottom ten least free states in the U.S. are (in descending order) Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington, Hawaii, Maryland, California, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and bringing up the bottom is New York.

It is striking that some of the most Republican states are the most free and all the least free are Democrat states, isn’t it?
I'm sure some will complain about the criteria used to determine the rankings, so take it however you like.


Ellen K said...

It's a very interesting paper. I was surprised to see Colorado so high on the list of "free" states. The bottom ten didn't surprise me one bit.

PeggyU said...

I would agree with WA being in the bottom 10. Would have thought that Oregon would have been on there as well, though.

PeggyU said...

I would, however, have not expected this in Louisiana.