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Gallup: Economic Conservatism Down, Social Liberalism Up

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Screen capture of a chart depicting how Americans identify themselves in regards to their economic perspectives. (Credit: gallup.com)

Screen capture of a chart depicting how Americans identify themselves in regards to their economic perspectives. (Credit: gallup.com)

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TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott campaigned in 2010 on what he referred to as his “7-7-7″ plan, which called for massive tax cuts as part of seven steps to revive Florida’s economy over a seven-year period.

The Republican governor has been unable, however, to get the Legislature to enact the large tax cuts he wanted since he took office. Meanwhile, his poll numbers since 2011 have steadfastly shown that a majority of Floridians do not approve of the job he has been doing.

Tax cuts, and other economic strategies often associated with fiscal conservatism, have experienced diminishing support on the national stage as well, according to a recent Gallup Poll that shows decreasing numbers of the American populace identifying themselves as economically conservative.

In fact, a release on the new study’s findings noted that the number of people who view themselves as economically conservative is at its lowest point since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

“This year’s downtick in the percentage of Americans identifying as economically conservative has been accompanied by an uptick in the percentage identifying as economically moderate,” Gallup researchers wrote. “[N]ow 37 percent of Americans [say they are economic moderates], up from 32 percent last year.”

Gallup also asked 1,535 American adults from around the nation about how they would categorize themselves in regards to social issues, though researchers allowed participants to draw their own conclusions about what constituted a social issue.

The results from that question indicated that social liberalism was on the rise, with the number of social liberals reaching a new high of 30 percent. The number of social conservatives, on the other hand, appeared to shrink from the figures found in previous years.

“Most Americans are ideologically consistent in their views of economic and social issues,” the release additionally noted. “For individuals who gave an answer to both questions, 75 percent of social conservatives also considered themselves economic conservatives, while 60 percent of social moderates were also economic moderates.”

Researchers added, “Social liberals were less ‘consistent,’ with a slim plurality, 44 percent, saying they were also economically liberal.”

Gallup conducted the survey between May 2 and May 7 of this year.

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