According to two new studies (1 and 2) conducted by the Progressive Studies Program at the Center for American Progress, 34% of the country self-identifies as conservative, 29% as moderate, 15%, 15% as liberal, 16% as progressive, and 2% as libertarian.
The study also finds that the nation is "decidedly center-left in its policy orientation."
• By a margin of almost nine to one, Americans agree that “government investments in education, infrastructure, and science are necessary to ensure America’s long-term economic growth,” (79 percent agree, 12 percent neutral, 9 percent disagree).
• More than three in four Americans (76 percent) also agree with the president’s argument that “America’s economic future requires a transformation away from oil, gas, and coal to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.”
• Nearly three in four Americans believe that “government regulations are necessary to keep businesses in check and protect workers and consumers,” (73 percent agree, 15 percent neutral, 12 percent disagree).
• Nearly two in three Americans (65 percent) agree that “the federal government should guarantee affordable health coverage for every American.”
(via Think Progress)