Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Poll Watch: Rasmussen Political Ideology Survey

Rasmussen Political Ideology Survey

Many people have different ideological perspectives on fiscal issues and social issues. When it comes to fiscal issues such as taxes, government spending and business regulation, are you politically conservative, moderate, or liberal?
  • Conservative 44% (43%)
  • Moderate 39% (38%)
  • Liberal 14% (13%)
When it comes to social issues like abortion, public prayer, and Church-state topics, are you politically conservative, moderate, or liberal?
  • Conservative 37% (36%)
  • Moderate 30% (31%)
  • Liberal 30% (29%)
Survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted June 4-5, 2011. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.  Results from the poll conducted May 5-6, 2011 are in parentheses.

Inside the numbers:
Voters remain more conservative when it comes to money than they are on social policy, but 29% still say they are conservative in both areas. 
Just 11% of Likely U.S. Voters claim to be both fiscal and social liberals. 
Among voters who say they are conservative on fiscal issues, 77% say they are also conservative when it comes to social issues. 
Fifty percent (50%) of male voters are fiscal conservatives, compared to 38% of female voters. Women are more inclined to be moderates in this area. But there is virtually no ideological disagreement between the two with regards to social issues. 
Voters over 40 are more conservative both fiscally and socially than those who are younger. 
Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans are fiscal conservatives, while a plurality (47%) of both Democrats and voters not affiliated with either major party see themselves as moderates on money issues. 
As for social issues, 63% of GOP voters are conservatives, while 48% of Democrats are liberals. Unaffiliated voters are closely divided.

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