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Monday, February 15, 2016

What America Thinks: Are Trump, Clinton Moderates?

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the reigning Democratic and Republican front-runners. But do their political views align with the voters in their parties? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Many in the conservative-leaning GOP establishment say Trump is not a conservative, and most Republicans agree. Just 33% of GOP voters consider Trump a conservative; 45% think he’s a moderate instead. Among all voters, 34% say the billionaire developer’s a conservative, but slightly more (36%) believe he’s a moderate. Just over 40% of self-identified conservative and moderate voters agree that Trump is a moderate.

Most voters nationwide do see Clinton, a self-proclaimed progressive, as a liberal. But nearly half of Democratic voters believe she is actually a moderate. Fifty-three percent (53%) of liberal voters agree, although moderates are far less likely to regard Clinton as one of their own.

Interestingly, with Trump and Clinton leading in most national polls, Republicans and Democrats are more likely to think they will agree with the ultimate nominees. Roughly half of both groups think their party’s eventual standard-bearer will share their ideological views.

For a surprising number of voters, instead of being the usual contest between a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat, this year’s presidential race is shaping up as one between two moderates.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.