Are Americans Becoming More Socially Conservative?

Rasmussen Reports says we are:

Fewer voters now identify themselves as “socially liberal” than they have in the past.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 29% of Likely U.S. Voters now consider themselves liberal on social issues such as abortion, public prayer and church-state topics. That’s the lowest number of self-identified social liberals since early last year. Just as many (30%) consider themselves moderate on such issues, the highest since October 2012, while 37% say they are conservative, up four points from September.

The wording of the question, however, may not have captured what most people think of as the social issues:

When it comes to social issues like abortion, public prayer, and Church-state topics, are you politically conservative, moderate, or liberal?

No mention of gay marriage, which has been the dominant social issue of the past few years. Still, these results certainly suggest that there is no reason to think that social conservatism is dragging down the conservative movement generally; on the contrary.


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