Americans Are Becoming More Liberal On Some Issues, More Conservative On Others

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With election 2012 in full swing and both parties battling to represent the American people on a whole range of polarised issues, we took a look at how the views and priorities of Americans have shifted over the last 20 years.We found six trends: three that move towards what is generally accepted as the political right and three towards the left.

Shifts To The Right

In 1992, 15 per cent of Americans thought that abortion should be made illegal in all circumstances. Today, 20 per cent of Americans want to ban abortions.

Meanwhile, the amount of Americans who think abortion should be legal in every circumstance has decreased from 34 per cent in 1992 to 25 per cent now.

The Environment

In 1991, 71 per cent of Americans prioritised protection of the environment over economic growth.  Today, only 41 per cent prioritise the environment, with almost half of Americans willing to sacrifice the environment if it means economic growth.


In 1993, 70 per cent of Americans desired stricter laws for the sale of the firearms  Today, only 43 per cent want stricter gun laws, while 11 per cent think that the gun laws should be made more lenient.


Shifts To The Left
Gay Marriage 

In 1992, 27 per cent of Americans believed that gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry.  Today, a whopping  50 per cent want gay marriage legalized. 


In 1995, only 1 in 4 Americans wanted to legalise marijuana. Today, half of Americans think that that the use of marijuana should be made legal.


In 1993, 6 per cent of Americans thought that immigration into the United States should be increased. Today, 21 per cent of Americans want to increase immigration.

Moreover, those wanting to decrease immigration have gone down from 65 per cent to 35 per cent. 

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