Drunken Irishman (1000+ posts) Fri Jun-25-10 04:15 PM
42% of Americans consider themselves conservative, only 20% say they're liberal (Gallup).
We can poo-poo these numbers all we want, but it's what I've suspected for a while now - Americans aren't liberal.
A great deal are moderate, but as it's been since at least the 80s, more Americans identify themselves as conservative than liberal. And it isn't even close.
You can blame whomever you want, but this is ultimately what Pres. Obama is facing.
Which puts into perspective his pragmatism.
Now it's safe to say Americans are disillusioned by the definition of liberal - but after watching how many Americans seem content with Republican control, I'm not so sure there is a disconnect there.
We're just a conservative nation. And we're lucky to have elected a president who at least can represent a great deal of liberal values.
Because if these demographic numbers are right, it's surprising we even have Democratic presidents.