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Gallup Shows Percentage of Conservatives now Double that of Liberals, Changes in profile of Democratic Party

by | Nov 9, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

Gallup’s most recent poll shows that the percentage of self-identified conservatives is now double that of self-identified liberals—42% to 21%–with another 37% describing themselves as moderate.  The results were based on Gallup’s daily tracking polls conducted from June 1 to August 31.

But there are more interesting results from a special Gallup analysis of the demographic and ideological composition of the U.S. population today as compared with the start of the 2008 presidential election.  And that is Gallup’s explanation of the “profile” of Democrats, which includes those who say they are Independent but lean Democratic.

“As a group, Democrats are more likely than average to be women and nonwhite, less likely to be religious or married, much less likely to be conservative, and much more likely to be liberal than the U.S. population as a whole,” according to Gallup’s Frank Newport, Jeffrey M. Jones, and Lydia Saad.

To be more specific, as compared to 2008

·         There has been a 2% increase in Democrats who describe themselves as liberal—from 35% to 37%.

·         The proportion of Democrats who identify as black grew by 3% (from 16% to 19%); there has also been a 2% increase (from 12% to 14%) among those who identify as Hispanic.

·         “Democrats remain less likely to attend church weekly and more likely to seldom or never attend church than the national average.” Those who never attend church increased from 50% to 52%.

In addition

·          “The proportion of Democrats who are Catholic or who identify with a non-Christian religion declined slightly between 2008 and 2011, while the percentage not identifying with any faith increased by four percentage points,” Newport, Jones, and Saad write.  The percentage of Catholics dropped from 26% to 24% while the increase among those who identified with no faith increased by 4% from 15% to 19%.

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