Poll: More voters identify as moderate on social issues

Four in ten voters overall identify as socially moderate, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Thirty-one percent of registered voters in the survey identified as liberal while 29 percent identified as conservative.

The poll found an equal amount of voters who said they were 'very' socially liberal or 'very' conservative.

Fourteen percent self-identified as 'very' liberal while another 14 percent reported to be 'very' conservative.

Younger voters in the survey were more likely than their older counterparts to identify as liberal when it comes to social issues.

Forty-three percent of 18-to 34-year-olds said they liberal on social issues while 37 percent identified as moderate and 21 percent as conservative.

A plurality of 35- to 49-year-olds and 50- to 60-year-olds identified more as moderate, at 43 and 42 percent, respectively.

Older voters, 65 years old and beyond, were more likely to identify as conservative, at 40 percent.

Among Democratic voters, 56 percent said they identify as socially liberal while 33 percent said they were moderate and 11 percent identified as socially conservative.

Among Republican voters, a majority of 61 percent identified as conservative on social issues. Twenty-six percent said they were moderate while 13 percent said they were socially liberal.

And among independent voters, 63 percent identified as moderate on social issues. Eighteen percent identified as liberal while 19 percent identified as socially conservative.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 961 registered voters between May 27 and 28. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.17 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte