Conservatives outnumber liberals 35-26 percent, according to Gallup.
The gap has narrowed from 19 percentage points in 1992 to nine points each the past two years, Gallup noted.
Here is how the Gallup information breaks down:
- 73 percent of Republicans identify as conservatives – up from 70 percent in 2016.
- 51 percent of Democrats now identify as liberals – marking the first time a majority of Democrats have adopted the term.
- 46 percent of independents call themselves moderates, while 28 percent say they’re conservatives and 22 percent say they are liberals.
“2018 was a year of relative stability in the nation's ideological makeup, following a long-term increase in Americans' identification as liberal, and a corresponding decline in their identification as politically moderate,” Gallup wrote in its report of the results. “However, given the generational patterns, with young adults tilting liberal and senior citizens skewing conservative, this is more likely to represent a brief pause in the ideological shift underway rather than a steadying. That, of course, assumes today's young adults are still relatively liberal by the time they are seniors, which remains to be seen.”
The information from Gallup is based on surveys conducted in 2018 and the responses of 13,852 adults. The margin of error is 1 percentage point.
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