Uprising: More and More Democrats Identifying as Liberals

"Currently, 43% of Democrats say they are liberal, a nearly 50% increase from 29% in 2000."

Empty those pocketbooks! A new Gallup poll is showing that liberalism is on the rise; shrinking the conservative advantage to only 15 percentage points for the first time since 1992.  

In 1992 when this polling format began, 17 percent of Americans identified themselves as liberal. That number saw a mostly steady increase to just above 20 percent where it hovered in the early 2000s. The number has now risen to 23 percent and continues to rise.

Here is one reason for this increase according to Gallup:

The rise in liberal identification has been accompanied by a decline in moderate identification.

The number of Democrats that identify themselves as moderate is falling rapidly as more and more are comfortable applying the liberal label. This is much different than in the past when the liberal ID was more fringe. But now, 43 percent of Democrats identify as liberals. These numbers are indicative of a clear shift in their ideology.

These changes are a telling indicator of the shift in the Democratic Party from a party that was more ideologically diverse to one that is increasingly dominated by those from the left end of the ideological spectrum.

Now, the plurality of Democrats consider themselves to be politically liberal, whereas a decade ago, Democrats were most likely to say they were moderate. That could be because Democrats are now more comfortable calling themselves "liberal" -- a term that was less popular in the recent past -- even if their current and past views on issues are similar. But it could also reflect an evolution in their views to favor more traditionally liberal issue positions.

These numbers are quite exciting over at MSNBC as a recent article states, "It's cool to be a liberal again."

For two decades, conservatives have enjoyed a nice lead over liberals. But now, with moderates jumping ship to liberalism, and Democrats more comfortable identifying themselves as liberals, conservatives will be fighting an uphill battle.

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