Judging by the way the U.S. government spends money, it is hard to believe that American citizens are two times more likely to identify as economically conservative than liberal.
According to a recent Gallup poll, 46 percent of Americans consider themselves “total conservatives” on matters concerning economics, compared to 20 percent claiming to be “total liberals.” People who describe themselves as “moderates” in terms of economic issues made up 32 percent of the total.
The results are based on Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, which asks Americans to say whether they are liberal, moderate or conservative on “economic” and, separately, “social” issues.
The poll found that people are less likely to say they are conservatives when talking about social issues, with 38 percent claiming the title “total conservative” and 28 percent “total liberal.” Moderates made up 31 percent of respondents in that category.
Gallup says the results suggest: “More Americans identify as economic conservatives than as social conservatives or conservatives in general. And that tendency has increased in the last four years, perhaps due to President Obama’s economic agenda. This suggests that a conservative economic message from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may resonate with voters this year.”