Political Ideology

Date Conservative Moderate Liberal
1996 40 40 20
1998 39 39 22
1999 35 43 22
2000 38 41 20
2001 39 41 20
2002 39 42 19
2003 40 41 19
2004 39 41 20
2005 38 41 21
2006 39 41 21
2007 38 42 21
2008 40 38 22
2009 40 39 21
2010 41 38 22
2011 39 39 22
2012 39 37 23

Despite electoral swings in recent elections, the fundamental ideological breakdown of the American public has shifted little in recent years. In 2012, 39% of Americans say they are conservative, 37%  say they are moderate and 23% say they are liberal. Read more