Sunday, September 18, 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% {44%} [44%] (43%)
  • Moderate 40% {40%} [39%] (38%)
  • Liberal 11% {12%} [14%] (13%)
When it comes to social issues like abortion, public prayer, and Church-state topics, are you politically conservative, moderate, or liberal?
  • Conservative 35% {40%} [37%] (36%)
  • Liberal 31% {31%} [30%] (29%)
  • Moderate 30% {26%} [30%] (31%)
Survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted September 14-15, 2011. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.  Results from the poll conducted July 10-11, 2011 are in curly brackets.  Results from the poll conducted June 4-5, 2011 are in square brackets.  Results from the poll conducted May 5-6, 2011 are in parentheses.

Inside the numbers:
Twenty-nine percent (29%) remain conservative on both fiscal and social issues. 
Men are more fiscally and socially conservative than women are. 
Among Republicans, 74% are fiscal conservatives and 61% social conservatives. Among Democrats, 55% say they’re fiscal moderates, and a plurality (48%) are social liberals. Voters not affiliated with either party are generally either conservative or moderate fiscally and fairly closely divided on social issues. 
Eighty-three percent (83%) of fiscal conservatives are also socially conservative. But just 33% of fiscal liberals say they are liberal on social issues.

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