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Conservatives Largest Ideological Group

From Gallup:

“Conservatives” Are Single-Largest Ideological Group

by Lydia Saad

June 15, 2009

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…

As reported last week on Gallup.com, women are more likely than men to be Democratic in their political orientation. Along the same lines, women are more likely than men to be ideologically "moderate" and "liberal," and less likely to be "conservative."

Still, conservatism outweighs liberalism among both genders

Although the terms may mean different things to different people, Americans readily peg themselves, politically, into one of five categories along the conservative-to-liberal spectrum. At present, large minorities describe their views as either moderate or conservative — with conservatives the larger group — whereas only about one in five consider themselves liberal

Amazing stuff.

The Republican Party should try to learn from this.

No wonder the left hates Sarah Palin so.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Conservatives Largest Ideological Group”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    There ya go …..I’m RIGHT after all!!

  2. Conservatus says:

    If “Conservatives” Are Single-Largest Ideological Group (and I believe they are), how come they are so seldom catered to?

    Seems to me there are a lot businesses that are missing a lot of opportunities.

  3. neocon mom says:

    I think enough of those self-described moderates hold a lot of conservative values in their own lives. I notice that with my self-described liberal parents, that in spite of voting for lefties they strive to run their own lives pretty much as a conservative would;raising their children as Christians, being charitable, obeying the law, not living beyond their means, working hard, paying the bills on time, not relying on government assistance and teaching their children the importance of service to one’s country, self-discipline and personal responsibility.


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