Gallup: Conservatives Still Outnumber Liberals in USA

By Michael W. Chapman | January 8, 2019 | 10:49am EST

( -- A new survey shows that, in America, conservatives outnumber liberals 35% to 26% -- another 35% of Americans define themselves as moderates.

In the survey, Gallup asked, "How would you describe your political views -- very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal or very liberal?"

Thirty-five percent of the adults surveyed said they were "very conservative/conservative." Twenty-six percent said they were "liberal/very liberal." Thirty-five percent said they were "moderate."

This shows that conservatives outnumber liberals in America by at least 9 percentage points. 


"Americans' assessment of their political ideology was unchanged in 2018 compared with the year prior," said Gallup. "Although conservatives continue to outnumber liberals, the gap in conservatives' favor has narrowed from 19 percentage points in Gallup's 1992 baseline measurement to nine points each of the past two years." (Emphasis added.) 

"Since 1992, the percentage of Americans identifying as liberal has risen from 17% then to 26% today," said the polling firm.  "This has been mostly offset by a shrinking percentage of moderates, from 43% to 35%."

"Meanwhile, from 1993 to 2016 the percentage conservative was consistently between 36% and 40%, before dipping to 35% in 2017 and holding at that level in 2018," reported Gallup. 

The survey also showed that Americans with strong conservative leanings include people 65 and older (43% conservative), men (40%), people in the South (39%), people with some college (37%), and people in the Midwest (36%).

Americans with more liberal leanings include those living in the East (31%), age 18 to 29 (30%), blacks (31%), postgraduate education (38%), and Democrats (51%). 


"[S]ocietal groups with strong conservative leanings include seniors and adults aged 50 to 64, men, residents of the South and adults with no college education," said Gallup.  "All of these groups lean conservative by more than 15 percentage points; whites, adults with some college education (but no degree) and residents of the Midwest lean conservative by at least 10 points."

"Aside from Democrats, only two groups show strong liberal tendencies: adults with postgraduate education (15 points more liberal than conservative) and blacks (nine points more liberal)," reported the survey firm

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