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Gallup: 37% Say They Are Conservative, 25% Liberal

From Gallup:

Conservative Lead on Social and Economic Ideology Shrinking

On social issues, 34% identify as conservative and 30% as liberal

By Jeffrey M. Jones | May 28, 2014

PRINCETON, NJ — More Americans continue to identify themselves as conservatives than as liberals on economic and social matters. However, the conservative advantage on each dimension is shrinking from higher points in recent years, down to 21 points on economic policy and four points on social policy.

Funny, how we only hear about this conservative lead when it is supposedly shrinking.

The results are based on Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 8-11. Currently, 34% of Americans say they are conservative, 35% say moderate, and 30% say liberal on social issues. On economic issues, 42% say they are conservative, 34% say moderate, and 21% say liberal…

It’s also funny how Gallup gives us this breakdown on social and economic issues, before telling us what the breakdown is ‘overall.’ (Because that shows an even greater advantage for conservatives. 37% to 25%.)

Still, on economic issues issues twice as many people call themselves conservative than liberal. How come Gallup didn’t highlight that? Especially given that economics are by far the most important issue for most Americans.

The trends toward lower conservative advantages were evident as far back as 2004 on social ideology and 2007 on economic ideology, though both were interrupted in 2009 and 2010 when President Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress passed left-leaning legislation, most notably the Affordable Care Act…

Proving that education indoctrination and a propaganda news media can only do so much. When confronted with reality, like Obama-Care, people start to wake up.

In the same poll, using Gallup’s standard ideology question, 37% of Americans describe their political views overall as conservative, 25% as liberal, and 35% as moderate.

That is a twelve point advantage for conservatives. Even after the way conservatives have been endlessly vilified by our media and our pop culture and our educational system.

And you can bet it would be news to most conservatives in the US, who think they are alone. Which, of course, is exactly what the news media want them to think.

That 12-point conservative-liberal gap falls in between the 21-point gap on economic issues and the four-point gap on social issues. But this general measure of ideology has also shown that the conservative-over-liberal advantage has been narrowing in recent years.

Americans’ increasingly liberal views on social issues are apparent in trends showing that the public is exhibiting greater support for gay marriage, legalizing marijuana, and having a baby outside of marriage, and diminished support for the death penalty…

All wonderful things. No wonder liberalism is becoming so popular.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 29th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Gallup: 37% Say They Are Conservative, 25% Liberal”

  1. Shut up, they explained ..

  2. The Redneck

    They separate social issues for a reason.

    The Left understands how important, and how useful, they are. When it comes to tearing down institutions, social ones are easier because they can claim them to be unnecessary. When it comes to changing institutions, the social issues will propel the economic issues.

    Make people who don’t believe in personal responsibility and feel the world owes them something, and you don’t even have to work to promote your economic issues.




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