The question: Which side of the political spectrum do you fall on?
As we approach Election Day, a number of candidates and groups have begun a concerted effort to try to define who’s a conservative or a liberal.
The latest question: Does the left have more conservatives than the right?
In a new report, PolitiFact is asking voters in every state, and for every presidential candidate, what they think about the political alignments of their two major parties.
It finds that liberals, on average, lean left.
In the 2012 election, 47% of Democrats and 48% of Republicans said they leaned left, compared with 38% of independents and 39% of conservatives.
Conservatives, on the other hand, leaned right.
While the survey does not include all the states, the results are consistent with a 2016 Pew Research Center study that found the two parties were on average closer to each other.
That’s good news for the left.
Conservatives have historically been among the least politically engaged and most ideologically moderate of the two major political parties.
In the Pew Research poll, 72% of Americans said they were politically engaged, compared to 68% for liberals.
The Pew Research survey also found that there is broad agreement on the ideology of the people who vote in the general election, with conservatives more likely than liberals to identify as conservative.
But a majority of conservatives also identify as moderate or liberal.
It’s the same pattern as in the 2016 Pew survey: About half of conservatives identify as liberal and half as conservative, according to the results.
The partisan breakdown among the voters is also consistent with previous Pew Research surveys.
In 2015, 56% of liberals said they lean liberal, compared the 44% of moderates and 39%.
And in 2015, 55% of conservative Republicans said their views were moderate or conservative, compared 59% of moderate Republicans and 36% of liberal Republicans.
The same pattern holds in 2016, according the Pew study: Among liberals, 49% identify as conservatives, while 39% identify with moderates.
But among conservatives, only 33% identified as conservatives and 28% as moderates.