According to a new Gallup/USA Today poll Americans see themselves ideologically closer to Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Furthest away are Michele Bachman and Barack Obama. Using a 5 point scale with 1 being very liberal and 5 being very conservative, the mean score is 3.3 which puts the average American slightly to the right ideologically and most closely aligned with Jon Huntsman. Overall 42% of Americans describe themselves as very conservative or conservative, 19% very liberal or liberal and 37% as moderate.
What does this tell us about the political climate going into the Iowa Caucuses next week? What does the high number of conservative respondents portend for the GOP candidates?
Arnold Steinberg, veteran political strategist and analyst