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Americans’ Political Ideology Held Steady in 2020

Conservatives and moderates remain largest ideological groups Liberals constitute smaller share, at 25% Ideological conformity of the parties holds steady at high levels

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ overall ideological views were about the same in 2020 as in 2019, with 36%, on average, identifying as conservative, 35% as moderate and 25% as liberal.

Annual trend from 1992 to 2020 in Americans’ overall ideological views. The percentage conservative has been fairly steady in the mid-30s and was 36% in 2020. The percentage moderate has declined over time, falling from 43% in 1992 to 35% in recent years, including in 2020.

The percentage liberal has slowly increased, from 17% in 1992 to 26% in 2017 and 2018; it was 25% in 2020. These results differ from Gallup’s midyear report in June, which showed that conservative identification was waning .

After reaching an unusually high 40% in January and February, the percentage “conservative” fell to 34% in May and June. However, it subsequently rose to 36% in the second half of the year, resulting in the average 36% identifying as conservative for 2020 as a whole.

The 2020 results are based on combined data from 18 separate Gallup polls conducted […]

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