Ruh roh! Watch out, America, the evil liberals are coming for you! Blame the Kenyan Muslim Marxist Commie Fascist gay French president, because he's contagious! Ack!
Yes, that very centrist, not-all-that progressive Dem in the Oval Office is clearly rubbing his icky-but-scarce lib cooties all over voters. Oh em gee, we're all gonna catch Liberalitis! Someone develop a vaccine, stat!
By the by, per Gallup, there will be even more political division than there is now. Hard to imagine.
Independents are no more likely now than in the past to describe their political views as liberal.The main change in independents' views is that they increasingly call themselves conservative. That could be related to recent developments in party identification, with fewer Americans now identifying as Republicans and more as independents. Thus, the change in independents' ideological preferences may be attributable to former Republicans, who are more likely to be politically conservative, now residing in the independent category. [...]
The rise in liberal identification has been accompanied by a decline in moderate identification. [...]
The changes in ideological identification among party groups has resulted in a rise in the percentage of Americans overall who call themselves liberal and a decrease in the percentage of moderates. Even though the percentage of conservatives has generally held steady, the rise in liberal identification leaves conservatives with their smallest advantage over liberals in the last two decades.If the trends in Democratic self-identification continue, that gap will likely continue to shrink over time, and could lead to further polarization in U.S. politics.