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Poll: Significantly More Americans Identify as Conservative Than Liberal

A recent poll from Gallup found that those who identify themselves as both conservative and moderate outpace those who call themselves liberal.

By NTK Staff | 01.08.2019 @11:19am
Poll: Significantly More Americans Identify as Conservative Than Liberal

More Americans identified themselves as conservative and moderate than they did liberal in 2018, according to a new survey from Gallup.

According to the results, 35 percent of Americans identify themselves as conservative. That’s the same percentage who claim to be politically moderate. But those who describe their political views as liberal make up just 26 percent of the U.S. population.

Interestingly, within the group of self-identified Democrats, 51 percent called themselves liberal, while 34 percent identified as moderate, and just 13 percent as conservative.

That statistic will likely play a big role in how Democratic presidential candidates reach out to voters in the 2020 White House primary. In general, the number of self-identified liberals has risen consistently since 1992, according to Gallup. That year, just 17 percent called themselves liberal, whereas 26 percent of 2018 respondents said the same.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side, most Republicans (73 percent) identify as conservative, while just 22 percent call their views moderate, and another 4 percent say they are liberal Republicans. Those identifying as conservative Republicans has risen 15 percentage points since 1994, while those self-identifying as moderates dropped 11 percentage points in that same time frame.

Among independents, 45 percent identified as moderate, 28 percent as conservative, and just 22 percent as liberal.

These percentages and their margins changed little from Gallup’s 2017 survey.

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