A new Gallup polls shows conservatives outnumbered moderates and liberals nationwide in 2009.
According to Gallup's year-end political ideology numbers, 40 percent of people surveyed identified themselves as conservative, compared to 36 percent who said they are moderate and just 21 percent who called themselves liberal.
Gallup also found that conservative and liberal numbers increased over the last ten years, while moderates declined.
Gallup said part of the increase in conservative voters comes from the pool of indpendents. The number of independents identifying themselves as conservative jumped from 30 percent to 35 percent between 2008 and 2009.
Currently, 43 percent of independents identify themselves as moderate and 18 percent say they are liberal.