Poll shows Alaskans are becoming less conservative, more moderate
There’s been a large shift in Alaska’s political climate. More Alaskans now identify as moderate over conservative than they did in 2010.
Ivan Moore, an Anchorage political analyst, published the findings of the poll. Research was conducted by surveys collected quarterly for the past six years.
“It’s the result of 12,000 times that we have asked the question politically, ‘Do you consider yourself to be conservative, moderate or progressive?’ It’s a pretty straightforward question,” Moore said.
It wasn’t until the pollster sat down to analyze the data stretching back to 2010 that he noticed the shift. While Alaska is still a majority conservative state, Moore said the ideology is slowly changing.
“If you think back to events over the last six years, this trend started off with Lisa Murkowski’s historic write-in win back in 2010, which really kind of galvanized the political middle. Prior to that it was all conservatives on this side and progressives on this side,” he said. “After that race, it was like here’s the middle and it’s bigger than anything, and that’s really when the decrease in conservatives started.”
Moore explained there is a difference between party affiliation and ideology. When he looked at party statistics after compiling his data, he didn’t see the drop in registered Republicans or a rise in other party statistics.
Moore said about 45 percent of Alaskans identified as conservatives in 2010 according to his data. In 2016, that number was down to around 35 percent.
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