Gallup: Americans Shift to Economic Conservatism

Friday, 25 May 2012 02:39 PM

By Dan Weil

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More than twice as many Americans consider themselves economic conservatives as consider themselves economic liberals, according to a new Gallup poll.

The totals came in at 46 percent for conservatives and 20 percent for liberals. Moderates accounted for 32 percent. Perhaps not surprisingly, the gap is narrower on social issues. In that area, conservatives outnumber liberals 38 to 28 percent, with moderates accounting for 31 percent.

Overall, 41 percent of respondents call themselves conservative, compared to 33 percent who are moderate, and 23 percent who are liberal.

An average of 48 percent of Americans have labeled themselves economic conservatives over the past four years, a marked increase from the 42 percent average of 2001 to 2008.

The shift toward economic conservatism “suggests that a conservative economic message from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may resonate with voters this year,” writes Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones.

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