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Gallup: Conservatives lead over Liberals continues to grow


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Dec 20, 2009
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now, admittedly i agree with the criticism that some of America's 'liberal' population is hidden within that 'moderate' number; as a significant enough percentage of our left-wing populace prefers not to self-identify. But even that marks an important point; Obama is doing the 'liberal' brand name some damage, and in general liberal policies have left their progenitors with a negative public image.

Conservatives have maintained their leading position among U.S. ideological groups in the first half of 2010. Gallup finds 42% of Americans describing themselves as either very conservative or conservative. This is up slightly from the 40% seen for all of 2009 and contrasts with the 20% calling themselves liberal or very liberal.


...The recent rise in conservatism's fortunes follows a decline seen after 2003; liberalism has experienced the opposite pattern. From 1993 to 2002, the ideological trend had been fairly stable, with roughly 40% identifying as moderate, 38% as conservative, and 19% as liberal...

Longer term, Democrats have grown increasingly liberal in their political orientation.


Seven in 10 Republicans continue to call themselves conservative, similar to 2009, while most of the remaining Republicans identify as moderate. Since 2002, however, the percentage conservative has increased by 10 points.


Independents today are slightly more likely to say they are moderate than conservative, with fewer than 20% identifying as liberal. While this is similar to 2009, it represents an increase in conservatism among this group since 2008.


...Results are based on the combined findings of eight separate Gallup and USA Today/Gallup surveys conducted from January through June 2010. For results based on the total sample of 8,207 national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±1 percentage point....
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