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American Voters Are Becoming Less Liberal.

Updated: Sep 23, 2022

Liberals are losing the fight for America's votes.

Christopher Parker

Fri, August 19th, 2022

Research from Morning Consult shows that voters are identifying less and less as liberals while the number of conservative voters remains consistent. In 2017 40 percent of respondents to a recent survey by Morning Consult said that the Democratic Party was too liberal compared to 45 percent with the same response in 2022. This is the same for conservatives. In 2017, 36 percent of respondents said that the Republican Party was too conservative, compared to 42 percent in 2022. As political polarization increases, those who identify as liberals are decreasing, the moderate middle is increasing while conservative numbers mostly stay the same.

The amount of Americans who are not sure about where they stand ideologically in this politically polarized climate has created a large voting population that does not identify with the extrememes that have come to define the two major political parties in America.

According to a recent survey by Morning Consult of over 8.6 million U.S. voters from 2017 until present, voters who identify as “very liberal,” “liberal” or “somewhat liberal” have declined from 34 percent to 27 percent in the last 5 years.

Conservative voters have consistently made up the most prominent ideology in U.S. politics since 2017, among overall voters and their numbers have not increased. The voters who have abandoned liberal ideology have become moderate and remain indecisive.

The data reveals that Americans’ ideological identification is in response to political circumstances in America. Alignment with conservatives declined while Trump was president of the United States. Alignment with the left is declining as Biden holds that seat. Both presidencies brought on a surge of ideological uncertainty

When it comes to the parties ideologies, outside of the voters, less Democrats identify as liberal while more Republicans identify as conservative. Democrats who said they were liberal dropped from 60 percent in 2017 to 55 percent in 2022. Republicans who said that they were conservative increased from 70 percent in 2017 to 77 percent in 2022.

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