Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Voters remain more conservative fiscally than socially, but 29% characterize themselves as both fiscal and social conservatives. By contrast, only 10% of Likely U.S. Voters say they are liberal in both areas, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Forty-three percent (43%) of voters consider themselves conservative when it comes to fiscal issues such as taxes, government spending and business regulation. Thirteen percent (13%) say they’re fiscal liberals, while 38% view themselves as moderate on money issues. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
But the gap narrows when it comes to social issues such as abortion, public prayer and church-state topics. Thirty-six percent (36%) view themselves as conservative on these issues versus 29% who say they’re liberals. Thirty-one percent (31%) categorize themselves as moderates when it comes to social policy.
These findings are little changed from surveys dating back to November 2007.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 5-6, 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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