Conservatives comprise the largest ideological group in the United States, with nearly twice as many Americans saying they are conservative as those claiming to be liberal, Gallup surveys reveal.
Data issued by Gallup on Monday are based on 10 separate surveys conducted from January through May, and therefore the margins of error "are quite small," Gallup maintains.
The surveys found that thus far in 2009, 40 percent of respondents describe their political views as conservative, 35 percent as moderate, and 21 percent as liberal. The rest said they have "no opinion.”
Included in the conservative figure are the 9 percent who said they are "very conservative," while the liberals' figure includes 5 percent who are "very liberal."
A solid majority of Republicans, 73 percent, call themselves conservative, 24 percent are moderate and only 3 percent are liberal.
Democrats are more equally divided, with 40 percent saying they are moderate and 38 percent describing their views as liberal. A surprising 22 percent of Democrats say they are conservative, Gallup found.
With a Democrat president and a majority in both the Senate and House, liberals have been out in force boasting of "their" accomplishments, while predicting the death of the GOP. All this without acknowledging the major assistance of moderates and centrists who contributed heavily to Democratic gains in Congress. Hell to many liberals, conservative Democrats don't even exist, despite evidence to the contrary. And maybe that's what Barack Obama keeps in mind when you consider, of late, the arrogance of radical liberals who feel that they own the Democrat party of late.