The number of Americans identifying as economically conservative has dropped to its lowest level since President Obama took office, Gallup reported in a new poll.
Numbers have returned to where they were during the end of President George W. Bush’s term.
Forty-one percent of those polled characterize their economic views as “conservative” or “very conservative.” Five percent more than last year identify themselves as economically moderate, 32 percent in 2012 to 37 percent this year.
Nineteen percent call themselves economic liberals, a number that hasn’t changed much over the years. But more describe themselves as socially liberal, rising to 30 percent for the first time since 2001. Half of Democrats now identify as socially liberal, a number that was 35 percent in 2001.
Six in 10 Republicans identify as social conservatives.
The polling didn’t define what is a social or an economic issue and left that up to the respondents’ interpretations.