Saturday, October 24, 2009

Latest Gallup Poll Shows That Conservative Americans Outnumber Liberals by Nearly 2 to 1!...

The most recent (2009) Gallup Polls show that Conservatives OUTNUMBER liberals in ALL 50 states and by about a 2 to 1 margin!

“Self-identified conservatives outnumber self-identified liberals in all 50 states of the union, according to the Gallup Poll.

“In 2009, 40% percent of respondents in Gallup surveys that have interviewed more than 160,000 Americans have said that they are either “conservative” (31%) or “very conservative” (9%). That is the highest percentage in any year since 2004.

“Only 21% have told Gallup they are liberal, including 16% who say they are “liberal” and 5% who say they are “very liberal.”

“Thirty-five percent of Americans say they are moderate.

“During Republican President George W. Bush’s second term, the number of self-identified conservatives as measured by Gallup dropped, riding at a low of 37% as recently as last year.

“Americans readily peg themselves, politically, into one of five categories along the conservative-to-liberal spectrum. At present, large minorities describe their views as either moderate or conservative - with conservatives the larger group - whereas only about one in five consider themselves liberal.

“The Gallup poll’s results were derived from interviewing 160,235 American adults between Jan. 2 of this year and June 30. They were asked whether their political views are very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal or very liberal. In the survey, 40 percent of respondents said they are either “conservative” or “very conservative.” That is the highest percentage in any year since 2004, say the Gallup pollsters. Only 21 percent told Gallup they are “liberal” or “very liberal.” Moderates make up 35 percent of the rest of those polled.

“Even in the top three most liberal states – Vermont, Hawaii and Massachusetts – conservatives are statistically tied with liberals, Gallup reports.”

IF, as some have argued that, Libertarians tend to be counted among the "Liberal camp"...then the number of true Liberals is probably even smaller than 21% and the number of Conservatives is even larger than 40%. Actually, I believe that most Libertarians can be found among that OTHER 39% of Independent Americans.

I've remained a life-long registered Democrat....unfortunately (for me) I haven't been able to vote for a Democrat for national office since I began voting over three decades ago.

Today I call myself a "Zell Miller Democrat." I am more economically Libertarian (pro-market) and socially Conservative (would like to see the death penalty expanded, as well as the manner delivered varied....ideally a rape/murder would probably guessed the perpetrator being raped and murdered himself) than many Republicans.

For Liberals, the sobering news in this poll is seen in light of the fact that right now, Democrats hold 49 seats in districts won by McCain in 2008 that are up for re-election in 2010....they hold 78 seats won by G W Bush in 2004 &/or McCain in 2008.

With the economy worsening since 2009 and looking to only get worse (the National Debt has risen from 56% of GDP at the end of 2008 to over 70% and rising of GDP today....that's putting a downward pressure on the dollar's value and an upward pressure on both interest rates and inflation.

That has Conservatives and Republicans salivating over fear is that the GOP will screw that up by NOT moving forward with another Gingrich-styled agenda, and instead take a more "middle of the road" and LOSING position.

BUT....hope does spring eternal.


Linda said...

But WC, as a registered Democrat, don't you have to vote the Democrat party in the primaries?

In KS, you can only vote in your party's primary. If you are an independent, you have to declare a party before you can vote in the primary. Then, when you declare, they give you your party's ballot.

JMK said...

Well, in NYC the Democratic Primaries are the only ones that count.

Back in 1989 and 1993 I helped man phone banks for Guiliani's campaign (part of a UFA effort) and got to vote in the Democratic Primaries...I think one year I actually voted for Al Sharpton, hoping for the weakest possible candidate against Rudy.

In another area, a different strategy would probably best be employed.

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