Gallup reports those Americans describing themselves as either very conservative or conservative now outnumber those describing themselves as liberal or very liberal -- 42% to 20%:
This follows an increase in the percentage of conservatives in 2009 that was fueled by heightened conservatism among independents, a pattern that continues today.
Seven in 10 Republicans continue to call themselves conservative, while nearly four in ten Democrats call themselves liberal and a similar number of Democrats say they are moderate. Independents are slightly more likely to say they are moderate than conservative, with fewer than 20% identifying as liberal.
We noted this rising conservatism a year ago.