Gallup: Growing Number of Americans Claim to be Liberal

Friday, 10 Jan 2014 10:18 AM

By Lisa Barron

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The number of Americans who identify themselves as liberals is at a record high, according to a new analysis of separate Gallup surveys conducted in 2013.

Twenty-three percent of those surveyed see themselves as liberal, the highest level since Gallup began regularly measuring ideology in 1992, according to the analysis released Friday.

The shift is coming largely from moderates, Gallup found, with 34 percent identifying themselves as moderate, the lowest number since 1992.

Meanwhile, 38 percent of those surveyed said they identify themselves as conservative, with the 15 point gap between liberals and conservatives tying the 2007 and 2008 gaps as the smallest.

There was also a slight increase in the number of independents who identify as conservative, from 33 to 35 percent, while the number of moderate independents decreased from 43 percent to 40 percent.

Among Republicans, Gallup found that they have become more likely to describe their political views as conservative over the past 13 years, from 62 percent in 2000 to 70 percent in 2013. The percentage of Republicans saying their political views are moderate has dropped by an equivalent amount, from 31 percent to 23 percent.

The analysis was based on aggregated telephone interviews from 13 separate polls conducted in 2013, with a random sample of 18,871 adults nationwide.

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