Jim Hoft links this chart from Gallup:
If this pattern continues, 2011 will be the third straight year that conservatives significantly outnumber moderates — the next largest ideological bloc. Liberalism has been holding steady for the past six years, averaging either 21% or 22%, although notably higher than the 17% average seen in Gallup polling during the early to middle ’90s.
What struck me was the remarkable consistency of the data. Over the past 20 years, the number describing themselves as liberal has ranged between 16 and 21% (5-point range), as moderate between 35 and
39 43 (8-point range), conservative between 36 and 41 (5-point range).
Note how the number has surged from 37% in 2008 to 41% today.
Maybe that’s because we’re more open to reaching out to those with differing points of view.
NB: Thanks to reader Less for correcting an error in the post.