The number of Americans identifying themselves as conservative or very conservative stands at 42 percent according to new Gallup numbers.

That's compared to 35 percent who describes themselves as moderate and 20 percent who describe themselves as liberal. The results are based on eight Gallup surveys conducted during the past six months. 

According to Gallup's Lydia Saad: "The 42% identifying as conservative represents a continuation of the slight but statistically significant edge conservatives achieved over moderates in 2009. Should that figure hold for all of 2010, it would represent the highest annual percentage identifying as conservative in Gallup's history of measuring ideology with this wording, dating to 1992."

Gallup also found that self-identified independents are slightly more likely to label themselves moderate than conservative — 41 percent to 36 percent. Just 19 percent of independents consider themselves liberal.