Another Gallup poll this week found that the Democratic party’s advantage in the states had gone down dramatically, though the party can still lay claim to more states than Republicans can. Still, the new findings suggest that most Americans are ideologically at the center to center-right. And the implications for Democrats could be simple: focus on the middle.
“How do Democrats continue to win elections if so few Americans identify themselves as liberal? The answer may lie with moderates, which, as a voting bloc, are solidly Democratic,” the Gallup authors write. “If moderates begin voting with Republicans in the near or long-term future, there may indeed be a Republican revival on the national level.”
The word liberal, once often spoken with scorn, has been enjoying a slight resurgence nationally and a strong one among Democrats in recent years. Last year, 23 percent of Americans surveyed by Gallup identified as liberal, up from 19 and 20 percent in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Among Democrats, 43 percent identify as liberal now, up from 29 percent in 2000.