The recent polarization of American politics has been far more obvious on the right than the left. The emergence of the tea party movement and its influence in Congress has brought to the fore political values that are more conservative than those of the average voter.
But polarization is not a one-way street. While Republicans have become more conservative, Democrats have grown more liberal. The Pew Research Center’s values surveys, spanning 1987 to 2012, show that Democrats as a whole have moved to the left in recent years. They are much more socially liberal than they were even a decade ago, more supportive of an activist government, more in favor of increased regulation of business.
Under the more centrist Obama administration, the leftward movement of Democratic voters has been of limited political consequence. Most of the change on social policies such as same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization has come at the state and local levels. However, looking ahead to 2016, the viability of liberal Democrats has emerged as a critical question for the Democratic Party. Even as conventional wisdom coalesces around Hillary Rodham Clinton as the establishment candidate, the success of prominent progressives — Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio come to mind — means the party could face an ideological divide in 2016.
And the progressives, or liberals, seem to have the momentum. Gallup recently reported that liberal self-identification has edged up to its highest level in more than 20 years. Similarly, Pew Research’s values surveys have documented increasingly liberal beliefs among Democrats on social, economic and regulatory matters. While the move leftward has occurred among moderate and conservative Democrats as well as liberal ones, liberals have either moved further left or hold more intense views than moderates and conservatives.
And that’s where comparisons with polarization on the right begin to break down. Although liberal Democrats have swelled in number, the advantage within the party still rests with moderates and conservatives. In Pew’s nationwide survey in January, only 34 percent of Democrats called themselves liberal, compared with 63 percent identifying as moderate or conservative. In contrast, conservatives are a clear majority (67 percent) in the GOP, while self-described moderate and liberal Republicans make up just 32 percent of the party.trend right astronomy pictures digital lifestyle facebook kansas coffee company dummies guide to night sky constellations play hair salons laramie wy fashion styles of the 80s picture of celestial bodies local astronomy coffee at home jungle hair studio cute spring wear lifestyle money 8 haircut anoxia fashion me not science to you winter outfits ideas coffee city the trend fat haircut lifestyle children outfit ideas for family pictures 4 haircut hair salon near me yelp science olympiad test exchange 2017 learning constellations for beginners trending on netflix movies name of stars in lyra lifestyle usa show lifestyle what to do with coffee i am science loan haircut best place to buy sundresses coffee at 5 astronomy earth trend food hairstyles for medium hair curly lifestyles of the rich and famous theme song the planets cafe astrology trends music why do we do science news research sites polyvore alternative trend to r in astronomy domestic life before and after science lifestyles of the rich and famous robin leach video scientific method as an ongoing process coffee bean plant sciencedirect open access journals science in 2014 as fashion what does lifestyle friendly mean astronomy kid coffee mugs for men new it trend be's coffee starship origin of scientific method bible science 30 dc haircut two coffee m star astronomy life and science science olympiad foundation what is the lifestyle astronomy for beginners winter outfits men astronomy trip list of solar system bodies war haircut trends job game trend coffee cup fashion to trending wedding hashtags 2018 constellation of aries am pm coffee astronomy events lake coffee house an f haircut haircut shot science video best science what are fashion his coffee best haircut will i am fashion green haircut fashion the core astronomy coffee cake haircut day coffee companies in ne usa career astronomy york lifestyle hip astronomy trend school job coffee jason's the salon bank haircut how about some coffee viewing orion's belt june lifestyle services tobi online rich's hair salon what is in for fashion lifestyles unlimited dallas coffee price do it fashion astronomy 2013 this is fashion lower highs coffee mugs set of 6 science now and then card trends long dress sale lori hair novashefashion lifestyle with the plaza salon orange ca science for you the heavenly night sky will reveal the path starset getting haircut at supercuts trending on netflix 2017 app for astronomy fashion's lifestyle site is science good images salon leisure world starsue.net postanoxic anoxia medical term lifestyle of the rich and famous robin leach stars in the sky pictures astronomy com s s fashion all day coffee y and s coffee solar astronomy bow arrow toward sky how to do science obama haircut lifestyle photography ideas lifestyle lyrics clean version t m fashion lifestyle holiday vacation club lifestyle photography hashtags a fashion game cafe unlimited world science desire hair studio current events matter 300 haircut where to buy cute summer outfits 5 steps of scientific method in physics hair salon near me for men coffee cake recipe hair studio denver auto haircut game science dvd astronomy supercuts near ne science daily legit nor fashion