June 16, 2009

LESS TIME IN THE WILDERNESS THAN CHRIST HISOWNSELF:

“Conservatives” Are Single-Largest Ideological Group: Percentage of “liberals” higher this decade than in early ’90s (Lydia Saad, 6/15/09, Gallup)

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. [...]

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.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2009 6:21 AM
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