Tuesday, March 08, 2011
A plurality of U.S. voters classifies themselves as fiscal conservatives. But when it comes to social issues, voters are more evenly divided on which viewpoint they hold.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely Voters consider themselves politically conservative when it comes to fiscal issues such as taxes, government spending and business regulation. Thirty-seven percent (37%) say the same on social issues like abortion, public prayer and Church-state topics, down five points from early February. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Only 14% say they’re liberal on fiscal issues, up seven points from just over a month ago. Twenty-eight percent (28%) consider themselves socially liberal, showing little change from the previous survey.
Thirty-eight percent (38%) feel they’re moderate when it comes to economic policy, while 30% feel that way on social issues.
Overall, 28% of voters consider themselves conservative on both fiscal and social issues. That’s down slightly from early February and roughly identical to the level measured in the fall of 2007.
Only 15% say they’re moderate on both of these issues, while 12% are liberal on both. The number of voters who are liberal in these areas has doubled from the previous survey.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 31-February 1, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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