What Happened to Moderate Voters?

Philip Bump: “We’ve noted previously that Sanders’s party is more likely to refer to itself as liberal than it used to be, according to polling from Gallup. The Democrats still have more space under their umbrella for moderates, but they’re getting crowded out.”

“The Republicans, on the other hand, have been consistently and heavily conservative for some time.”

“That Democrats identify themselves as moving to the left across the board may help explain why Hillary Clinton is running further to the left than she did in 2008 — which helps explain why she’s been successful. (No data for Nevada in 2004 was available.)”

“The question is the extent to which this will be a long-term trend. Will the Democrats keep moving left, further polarizing the electorate? Or could a moderate candidate do well on other side and reshape who turns out?”

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