“The increased conservatism that Gallup first identified among Americans last June persisted throughout the year, so that the final year-end political ideology figures confirm Gallup’s initial reporting: conservatives (40%) outnumbered both moderates (36%) and liberals (21%) across the nation in 2009.”
Within the “moderates” category over the last decade, Republicans have become increasingly more conservative and Democrats more liberal.
The bottom line? The decrease in moderates from 2000 to 2009 shows “a heightened polarization of American politics.”
- From “Conservatives Finish 2009 as No. 1 Ideolooical Group,” Gallup, 7 January 2009: LINK
According to the Gallup report, the “uptick” comes from more independents calling themselves “conservative.” I am counting on DemWit readers to give me insight into the above statistics. Is this as simple as the fact the word “liberal” has been turned into a curse word by the U.S. media? Are the results as complex as a backlash against President Obama and his aggressive agenda?
This is not a small sampling: “The 2009 findings come from an aggregate of 21 separate Gallup and USA Today/Gallup surveys, including nearly 22,000 interviews.” Further, the margins of sampling error are less than 1 percentage point.
There is no mention in this report of “progressives,” the preferred persuasion of many liberals. I prefer “liberal.” But, at 21 percent, does that put me on a so-called fringe? Ridiculous!
In my opinion, the most important question was not answered in this aggregate of surveys: Why?
Help me out here, guys. To what do you attribute these figures?