Gallup: Nearly Half Of America Identifies As "Economically Conservative"

Republicans would be wise to use this to their messaging advantage in 2012. Gallup's Jeffrey M Jones has more:

Americans are more than twice as likely to identify themselves as conservative rather than liberal on economic issues, 46% to 20%. The gap is narrower on social issues, but conservatives still outnumber liberals, 38% to 28%.

More Americans identify as economic conservatives than as social conservatives or conservatives in general. And that tendency has increased in the last four years, perhaps due to President Obama's economic agenda. This suggests that a conservative economic message from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may resonate with voters this year.

Americans are also more likely to say they are conservative than liberal or moderate on social issues, underscoring the conclusion that the conservative label has more appeal in the United States today than either the moderate or the liberal label.

Also, the moderate label seems to be losing some of its appeal in recent years, as Americans have become less likely to say they are moderate on both social and economic issues. The movement away from the moderate label may be another example of the increasing polarization of U.S. politics.

Thinking about economic issues, would you say your views on economic issues are -- [ROTATED: very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal (or) very liberal]? Thinking about social issues, would you say your views on social issues are -- [ROTATED: very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, (or) very liberal]? 

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published this page in In The News 2012-05-26 08:00:00 -0400
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