Bruce just alerted me to this Gallup poll showing just stable Americans’ ideological preferences have been since just after Obama took office:
Interesting how the percentage identifying as liberals inched during the second half the George W. Bush administration as the percentage seeing themselves as conservative declined, only to quickly rebound once Obama took office.
Independents have also become increasingly conservative in recent years. In 2008, 30% of independents identified as conservative. Today that stands at 35%. At the same time, the number calling themselves moderate fell from 46 to 41%. Only one in five (20%) independents identify as liberal.