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Americans are Becoming Less Socially Conservative

While on average more Americans still identify as “conservative” than “liberal,” on economic and social issues the margin has been steadily shrinking over the past few years. According to Gallup 34 percent of Americans identify themselves as socially conservative while 30 say they are liberal on social issues. This is the smallest gap since Gallup started asking this question. From Gallup:

Ideological Identification on Social vs. Economic Issues, 2001-2014

This change is clearly being reflected in public policy and in the national debate. During this time the country has moved forward on big social issues like marriage equality and marijuana legalization. Similarly, in Congress talking about reining in the stupidest aspect of the drug war is no longer seen as taboo.

The so called “culture wars” are rapidly losing their power in politics, even if some of the more geriatric members of Congress haven’t yet realized it.

It will be interesting to see how the Republican party tries to adjust their political tactics when rallying social conservatives becomes a less viable strategy in more races.

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Americans are Becoming Less Socially Conservative

While on average more Americans still identify as “conservative” than “liberal” on economic and social issues the margin has been steadily shrinking over the past few years. According to Gallup 34 percent of Americans identify themselves as socially conservative while 30 say they are liberal on social issues. This is the smallest gap since Gallup started asking this question. From Gallup:

Ideological Identification on Social vs. Economic Issues, 2001-2014

This change is clearly being reflect in public policy and in the national debate. During this time the country has moved forward on big social issues like marriage equality and marijuana legalization. Similarly, in Congress talking about reining the stupidest aspect of the drug war is no longer seen as taboo.

The so called “culture wars” have rapidly losing their power in politics, even if some of the more geriatric members of Congress haven’t yet realized it.

It will be interesting to see how the Republican party tries to adjust their political tactics when rallying social conservatives becomes a less viable strategy in more races.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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