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Gingersnap
06-15-2009, 01:28 PM
“Conservatives” Are Single-Largest Ideological Group

Percentage of “liberals” higher this decade than in early ’90s by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ -- Thus far in 2009, 40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This represents a slight increase for conservatism in the U.S. since 2008, returning it to a level last seen in 2004. The 21% calling themselves liberal is in line with findings throughout this decade, but is up from the 1990s.

These annual figures are based on multiple national Gallup surveys conducted each year, in some cases encompassing more than 40,000 interviews. The 2009 data are based on 10 separate surveys conducted from January through May. Thus, the margins of error around each year's figures are quite small, and changes of only two percentage points are statistically significant.

To measure political ideology, Gallup asks Americans to say whether their political views are very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal. As has been the case each year since 1992, very few Americans define themselves at the extremes of the political spectrum. Just 9% call themselves "very conservative" and 5% "very liberal." The vast majority of self-described liberals and conservatives identify with the unmodified form of their chosen label.

Party-Based Ideology

There is an important distinction in the respective ideological compositions of the Republican and Democratic Parties. While a solid majority of Republicans are on the same page -- 73% call themselves conservative -- Democrats are more of a mixture. The major division among Democrats is between self-defined moderates (40%) and liberals (38%). However, an additional 22% of Democrats consider themselves conservative, much higher than the 3% of Republicans identifying as liberal.

True to their nonpartisan tendencies, close to half of political independents -- 45% -- describe their political views as "moderate." Among the rest, the balance of views is tilted more heavily to the right than to the left: 34% are conservative, while 20% are liberal.

Gallup trends show a slight increase since 2008 in the percentages of all three party groups calling themselves "conservative," which accounts for the three percentage-point increase among the public at large.

Interesting.

Gallup (http://www.gallup.com/poll/120857/Conservatives-Single-Largest-Ideological-Group.aspx)

Shannon
06-15-2009, 01:49 PM
Rush mentioned this earlier. So how the hell did we end up with a friggin commie as CIC? People are idiots.

linda22003
06-15-2009, 02:05 PM
Rush mentioned this earlier. So how the hell did we end up with a friggin commie as CIC?

Possibly by not running any effective candidate against him, and by wetting the nest in so many areas during the previous administration.

Lager
06-15-2009, 02:09 PM
We had quite a run of republicans in power. The last group barely acted conservative at all. Not surprised people wanted to try a change. Now they can see for themselves if it's all they thought it was.

Gingersnap
06-15-2009, 02:33 PM
The Republicans haven't been all that conservative for a long time.

enslaved1
06-15-2009, 03:09 PM
Rush mentioned this earlier. So how the hell did we end up with a friggin commie as CIC? People are idiots.

You do realize you answered your own question there right?

Is that 40% of people who can vote or of registered voters or of everyone? If it's the first or second one, that should be a pretty big hint to our dear politicians who they need to be wooing for votes.

lacarnut
06-15-2009, 04:01 PM
Possibly by not running any effective candidate against him, and by wetting the nest in so many areas during the previous administration.

Plus that hope and change thingy which was master-full on Obama's and the Democrats part. In with the new and out with the old.

MrsSmith
06-15-2009, 06:22 PM
Rush mentioned this earlier. So how the hell did we end up with a friggin commie as CIC? People are idiots.
Many voters felt that it was very important to prove their tolerance by voting for Pres. O. In contrast, many felt quite good about voting against a white Christian, especially one that was thoroughly smeared by the MSM. The decades of anti-Christian entertainment and the boot-licking postive coverage of Obama didn't hurt any, either.

FeebMaster
06-16-2009, 09:04 AM
Rush mentioned this earlier. So how the hell did we end up with a friggin commie as CIC? People are idiots.

Just because people describe their own views as conservative doesn't mean they aren't actually a commie.

linda22003
06-16-2009, 03:40 PM
Plus that hope and change thingy which was master-full on Obama's and the Democrats part. In with the new and out with the old.

True. "More of the Same" was not as stirring a campaign slogan. I think Mrs. Smith's take on the reason people voted for Obama/against McCain doesn't ring true. When in any way did McCain put himself forward as a Christian? :p

Teetop
06-16-2009, 03:58 PM
The Republicans haven't been all that conservative for a long time.

So very true! I tell everyone, that both parties have shifted to the left and I don't know where I belong anymore...

MrsSmith
06-16-2009, 10:15 PM
True. "More of the Same" was not as stirring a campaign slogan. I think Mrs. Smith's take on the reason people voted for Obama/against McCain doesn't ring true. When in any way did McCain put himself forward as a Christian? :p

The entire race was between Obama and Palin. McCain and Biden were just the old folks along for the ride. Obama won because people voted for his race, and Palin lost because the media went into a feeding frenzy.