The number of American voters who identify themselves as socially liberal is now at its lowest level than in any other time in the past, according to a new Rasmussen survey.
It has been just over one year since pundits claimed the Republican Party must moderate their views on social issues if they hope to win national elections in the future. But the poll found that just 29 percent of likely U.S. voters now consider themselves liberal on social issues such as abortion, public prayer and church-state topics.
The number movement has definitely benefited the opposition, with just as many (30 percent) now considering themselves moderate on social issues, which is the highest measurement since October, 2012.
In the wake of abortion ban debates and debates on gay marriage, including a federal judge in Utah overturning the will of the people by allowing the state to perform gay marriages, 37 percent now say they are conservative, up four points from 33 measured in September, 2012.
Most voters now see marriage as a religious institution rather than a civil institution, and still overwhelmingly believe in the importance of marriage before having children.
A separate Rasmussen survey found that 53 percent now view marriage as a religious institution, up from 48 percent in October, with 40 percent saying marriage is a civil institution, a 5-point drop from 45 precent in the previous survey.