It’s been said–mostly in relation to Rand Paul‘s candidacy–that many Kentucky voters, like most southern Democrats, are socially conservative but economically liberal. This is discussed in relation to Rand Paul because it’s seemingly antithetical to his libertarian-leaning stances on many issues (though he has taken a more socially conservative stance on many topics).

But is this true about Kentucky voters? Well, FiveThirtyEight has a chart of older data that maps voters on fiscal and social issues.

As you can see, Kentucky is close to West Virginia–economically liberal but socially conservative. The states are more strongly the latter than the former, too.

Here’s another chart broken down by party.

Kentucky Republicans are among the economically liberal and the Democrats among the most socially conservative.

Maybe the center is where it’s at.

Your thoughts?

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