Voters’ shifting ideology …

Today …

  • 58 percent of voters see Democrats as liberal or very liberal, while 56 percent see Republicans as conservative or very conservative
  • 60 percent of Democrats place the Republican Party to the right of where they place themselves
  • 42 percent of Democrats self-identify as liberal or very liberal
  • 24 percent of Democrats describe themselves as conservative or very conservative
  • 83 percent of Republicans see the Democratic Party as more liberal than they themselves are
  • 65 percent of Republicans think of themselves as conservative or very conservative
  • 5 percent of Republicans call themselves liberal or very liberal

In 2005 …

  • 51 percent of Independents thought that the Republican Party was more conservative than they themselves were
  • 36 percent thought that the Democratic Party was more liberal.
  • Independents considered the Republican Party to be twice as distant from them ideologically as the Democratic Party.

Today …

  • 56 percent of Independents see the Democratic Party as more liberal than they themselves are
  • 39 percent see the Republican Party as more conservative.
  • Independents see the Democratic Party as three times farther away from them ideologically as the Republican Party.

How Americans’ Shifting Political Ideologies Threaten the Democrats, July 28, 2010
http://www.tnr.com/blog/william-galston/76631/democrats-republicans-popularity-new-demographics

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