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27% Say They’re Conservative On Both Fiscal and Social Issues

The bad economy, a change in presidents, bailouts, health care, the Tea Party and now another presidential cycle, you name it. Still, the basic fiscal and social ideologies of U.S. voters remain largely unchanged. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 27% of Likely Voters say they are both fiscal and social conservatives.  Just 11% say they are liberal in both areas, while 62% are some other combination.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Forty-two percent (42%) define themselves as conservative when it comes to fiscal issues such as taxes, government spending and business regulation. Nearly as many (41%) characterize themselves as moderates in this area. Just 13% are fiscal liberals.

When it comes to social issues like abortion, public prayer and church-state topics, 35% say they are conservative, 30% moderate and 31% liberal.

The findings on all these questions have remained relatively unchanged from surveys dating back to November 2007.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 16-17, 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.

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