While on average more Americans still identify as “conservative” than “liberal,” on economic and social issues the margin has been steadily shrinking over the past few years. According to Gallup 34 percent of Americans identify themselves as socially conservative while 30 say they are liberal on social issues. This is the smallest gap since Gallup started asking this question. From Gallup:
This change is clearly being reflected in public policy and in the national debate. During this time the country has moved forward on big social issues like marriage equality and marijuana legalization. Similarly, in Congress talking about reining in the stupidest aspect of the drug war is no longer seen as taboo.
The so called “culture wars” are rapidly losing their power in politics, even if some of the more geriatric members of Congress haven’t yet realized it.
It will be interesting to see how the Republican party tries to adjust their political tactics when rallying social conservatives becomes a less viable strategy in more races.