Jerry Patterson, a candidate for Texas lieutenant governor, told the Associated Press in 2013 that instead of a Lone Star State secession, he favors “liberal states,” such as California and New York, being expelled from the Union. More recently, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed in an interview that “conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay … have no place in the state of New York.” How did we get to this place, where many of our states are so sharply divided between conservatives and liberals? Sure, there are liberals in Texas, conservatives in New York … but given Patterson’s comments, who could blame liberals for thinking twice before moving to Texas. But where could these people go to find a utopia full of like-minded people? We looked at a range of state-by-state surveys and statistics that cover issues such as church attendance, gun ownership, tax rates, union membership and other criteria. That said, here’s our take on the five most liberal/progressive states in the U.S.