Poll: More Americans Identify Themselves As Fiscally Conservative


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Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — According to a new Gallup poll, more Americans identify themselves as conservative. In fact, on economic issues, Americans are more than twice as likely to identify themselves as fiscally conservative instead of fiscally liberal.

Gallup’s annual Values and Belief Poll asked Americans if they identified themselves as very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal for both social and economic issues.

On economic issues, 46% of those polled identified themselves as conservative, while only 20% identified themselves as liberal.  

When those same people were asked about their social beliefs, only 38% said they considered themselves conservative, while 28% identified themselves as liberal.

In recent years, there has been a slight increase in the number of Americans who identify themselves as conservative on economic issues. There has been a rise in both fiscal conservatives, and fiscal liberals, which coincides with the decline of the number of people who identify themselves as moderate on economic issues.

The poll noted that the rise of fiscal conservatives seems to coincide with the economic downturn.

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