Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1 “Conservatives” Are Single-Largest Ideological Group 
    “Conservatives” Are Single-Largest Ideological Group

    Percentage of “liberals” higher this decade than in early ’90s by Lydia Saad

    PRINCETON, NJ -- Thus far in 2009, 40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This represents a slight increase for conservatism in the U.S. since 2008, returning it to a level last seen in 2004. The 21% calling themselves liberal is in line with findings throughout this decade, but is up from the 1990s.

    These annual figures are based on multiple national Gallup surveys conducted each year, in some cases encompassing more than 40,000 interviews. The 2009 data are based on 10 separate surveys conducted from January through May. Thus, the margins of error around each year's figures are quite small, and changes of only two percentage points are statistically significant.

    To measure political ideology, Gallup asks Americans to say whether their political views are very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal. As has been the case each year since 1992, very few Americans define themselves at the extremes of the political spectrum. Just 9% call themselves "very conservative" and 5% "very liberal." The vast majority of self-described liberals and conservatives identify with the unmodified form of their chosen label.

    Party-Based Ideology

    There is an important distinction in the respective ideological compositions of the Republican and Democratic Parties. While a solid majority of Republicans are on the same page -- 73% call themselves conservative -- Democrats are more of a mixture. The major division among Democrats is between self-defined moderates (40%) and liberals (38%). However, an additional 22% of Democrats consider themselves conservative, much higher than the 3% of Republicans identifying as liberal.

    True to their nonpartisan tendencies, close to half of political independents -- 45% -- describe their political views as "moderate." Among the rest, the balance of views is tilted more heavily to the right than to the left: 34% are conservative, while 20% are liberal.

    Gallup trends show a slight increase since 2008 in the percentages of all three party groups calling themselves "conservative," which accounts for the three percentage-point increase among the public at large.
    Interesting.

    Gallup
    Reply With Quote  
     

  2. #2  
    Resident Unliked Meanie Shannon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    5,455
    Rush mentioned this earlier. So how the hell did we end up with a friggin commie as CIC? People are idiots.
    Loyalty Binds Me- Motto of Richard III
    Reply With Quote  
     

  3. #3  
    Power CUer
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Posts
    11,428
    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    Rush mentioned this earlier. So how the hell did we end up with a friggin commie as CIC?
    Possibly by not running any effective candidate against him, and by wetting the nest in so many areas during the previous administration.
    "Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
    Reply With Quote  
     

  4. #4  
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    The West
    Posts
    1,618
    We had quite a run of republicans in power. The last group barely acted conservative at all. Not surprised people wanted to try a change. Now they can see for themselves if it's all they thought it was.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  5. #5  
    The Republicans haven't been all that conservative for a long time.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  6. #6  
    Senior Member enslaved1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Kingman, Arizona, United States
    Posts
    1,221
    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    Rush mentioned this earlier. So how the hell did we end up with a friggin commie as CIC? People are idiots.
    You do realize you answered your own question there right?

    Is that 40% of people who can vote or of registered voters or of everyone? If it's the first or second one, that should be a pretty big hint to our dear politicians who they need to be wooing for votes.
    Romans 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

    Differences between Obama and God: God's plan to save us is actually written down for people to read. Rush Limbaugh.

    My blog: How Things Look From Here Politics, religion, random stuff, now on Wednesdays!
    Reply With Quote  
     

  7. #7  
    Banned
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    11,970
    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    Possibly by not running any effective candidate against him, and by wetting the nest in so many areas during the previous administration.
    Plus that hope and change thingy which was master-full on Obama's and the Democrats part. In with the new and out with the old.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  8. #8  
    Senior Member MrsSmith's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    2,391
    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    Rush mentioned this earlier. So how the hell did we end up with a friggin commie as CIC? People are idiots.
    Many voters felt that it was very important to prove their tolerance by voting for Pres. O. In contrast, many felt quite good about voting against a white Christian, especially one that was thoroughly smeared by the MSM. The decades of anti-Christian entertainment and the boot-licking postive coverage of Obama didn't hurt any, either.
    -
    -
    -

    In actual dollars, President Obama’s $4.4 trillion in deficit spending in just three years is 37 percent higher than the previous record of $3.2 trillion (held by President George W. Bush) in deficit spending for an entire presidency. It’s no small feat to demolish an 8-year record in just 3 years.

    Under Obama’s own projections, interest payments on the debt are on course to triple from 2010 (his first budgetary year) to 2018, climbing from $196 billion to $685 billion annually.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  9. #9  
    Senior Member FeebMaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    CT
    Posts
    1,008
    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    Rush mentioned this earlier. So how the hell did we end up with a friggin commie as CIC? People are idiots.
    Just because people describe their own views as conservative doesn't mean they aren't actually a commie.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  10. #10  
    Power CUer
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Posts
    11,428
    Quote Originally Posted by lacarnut View Post
    Plus that hope and change thingy which was master-full on Obama's and the Democrats part. In with the new and out with the old.
    True. "More of the Same" was not as stirring a campaign slogan. I think Mrs. Smith's take on the reason people voted for Obama/against McCain doesn't ring true. When in any way did McCain put himself forward as a Christian? :p
    "Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
    Reply With Quote  
     

Bookmarks
Bookmarks
Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •