The “L” word

For a long time, Republicans did a great job demonizing the term “liberal” to the point that liberals first went from denying, then onto insisting, that, no they were not “liberal” but “progressive.”  I’ve always been happy to be a liberal and am pleased to see the rest of the Democratic party has finally caught up.  Here’s a chart from a recent Pew posting:

Worth noting, too, that this is not just generational replacement, but at every age level, Democrats are more willing to embrace the liberal label:

As for that really interesting gap based on race/ethnicity?  I don’t know what’s going on, but that’s got to be good for a Political Science publication or two (and, hmmmm, I do need an idea for an MPSA paper).


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

One Response to The “L” word

  1. rgbact says:

    We didn’t really demonize…..we tried to instruct liberals on their true identity. Many Democrats call themselves “moderate”, when they clearly are not and are partisan liberals.Plus, I believe many black Democrats I’ve noticed call themselves conservatives…..when they also clearly are not.

    I do find it funny how many liberals are sensitive at being called a liberal. Meanwhile, they happily call us racists.

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