Fewer Adults Labeling Self ‘Conservative’ Since Trump

Hot Air | 1/12/2018 | Staff
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Is Donald Trump’s brand of turmoil politics giving the ‘conservative’ label a bad name? Maybe Republican members of Congress who aren’t very conservative? Or perhaps Nancy Pelosi’s liberal charisma is attracting converts?

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Something is going on.

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Quarter-century - Americans - Percentage - Points - Reason

When asked over the past quarter-century, more Americans have considered themselves conservative than liberal, sometimes by as much as 20 percentage points. That’s one reason why — have you noticed? — in recent years liberals have tried to re-brand themselves as ‘progressive.’ Liberal has a bad taste for many.

Among genders, Gallup only polled men and women. There, consistently males have gone for the conservative label (by 16 points), while females remained closely divided in self-description between conservative and liberal.

Americans - Lead - Reasons

More Americans still do claim to be conservative. But the lead is shrinking. And the reasons are revealing.

Gallup just reported that, according to its survey of 12,766 adults last year, for the first time since 1992 when it began asking adults to self-identify politically, the conservative label lead in 2017 fell into single digits, 35% to 26%. That’s a slippage of two points — 36% to 25% — in just one year.

Gallup - Numbers - Polling - Organization - Question

Gallup’s numbers are intriguing. When the polling organization first began surveying the question, actually more Americans described themselves as ‘Moderate’ politically (43%) to ‘Conservative’ (35%) and lonely ‘Liberal’ (17%). The country and major parties have both become increasingly polarized.

Since then, their chart lines have gradually converged as moderates faded to 35% now, relinquishing the lead to conservative, which generally held steady with...
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