Gallup reports the percentage of Americans who describe themselves as politically conservative is the highest it’s been in twenty years.
Which doesn’t surprise me much; while Americans may have any number of political orientations, real life is conservative for most Americans.
But the real takeaway? Those describing themselves as Democrats are becoming more extreme toward the left:
Most of the long-term change in Americans’ political views occurred after 2000 and can be explained by one overarching factor — an increasing likelihood of Democrats (including independents who lean Democratic) to self-identify as liberal. Democratic liberal identification has increased by about one percentage point each year, from 30% in 2001 to 44% in 2016. As a result, liberalism now ranks as the top ideological group among Democrats.
Meanwhile, there has been an eight-point decline since 2001 in the percentage of Democrats identifying as conservative and a six-point decline in the percentage of Democrats who are moderate.
My two cents? That’s good news.