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GOP Bigger, More Conservative Than In 2008

From Gallup:

Republicans Nationwide Are Similar in Composition to 2008

Republicans Nationwide Are Similar in Composition to 2008

Remain more likely to be conservative, married, and religious

by Frank Newport, Jeffrey M. Jones, and Lydia Saad
October 28, 2011

PRINCETON, NJ — The Republican Party in 2011 looks similar, demographically and ideologically, to the Republican Party that nominated John McCain in 2008.

Got it? So don’t go off and try to nominate some Tea Party kook. Pick another winner, like Mr. McCain.

As a group, Republicans continue to be more likely than average to be male, white, married, and religious, and to describe their political views as "conservative."

Complete with "scare quotes."

These results are based on a special Gallup analysis of the demographic and ideological composition of the U.S. population today (based on Gallup Daily tracking from June through August 2011) versus at the start of 2008 (from January through March, when the GOP presidential nomination was being decided)…

Republicans are much more conservative than the national average, as they were in 2008. Yet despite the high profile of conservative Tea Party movement activists within the Republican Party over the past several years, Republicans as a whole are not substantially more conservative now. Over this period, conservative identification has grown by two percentage points among all Americans, and by three points among Republicans

Sorry, but we would call that a substantial increase. But apparently Gallup doesn’t want us to dwell on the idea of Republicans being more conservative now than they were in 2008. (And the news about the general population is welcome, as well.)

The U.S. population as a whole is slightly more likely to be female than male, while Republicans are slightly more likely to be male than female — although slightly less so today than in 2008…

Can they help it? Weren’t they born that way?

The Gallup analysis goes on to say that Republicans are more white than the overall population. More religious. More likely to be Protestant. More likely to be married and wealthy. In other words, it’s the usual litany of charges.

And this is what Gallup gleans from its exhaustive survey:

Gallup’s analysis suggests the Republican rank-and-file, though slightly larger in number, is similar in demographic and ideological composition to what it was in 2008. From that perspective alone, it doesn’t appear as if the GOP would necessarily reject a more moderate nominee (such as McCain in 2008) in favor of a more conservative one in 2012.

In other words, since the party is just like it was in 2008 it should elect another candidate like John McCain. Which, of course, is exactly what Gallup and the rest of the main stream media want.

However, the selection of the Republican nominee for president will, as was the case in 2008, largely be determined by the candidates’ strategies, whom they are running against, and how they fare in campaigning, debates, and early primaries and caucuses — and not necessarily by who most closely matches the profile of Republicans nationally.

Isn’t that horrible! Damn them. It’s just not right that candidates’ should have so much influence in this process. The Republican Party should pick somebody who is just like them. Like John McCain was.

By the way, did you notice how Gallup just slipped in the fact that there are now more self-identified Republicans than there were in 2008? Don’t you think that is newsworthy?

Even the Politico thought this detail was newsworthy. In fact, here is the Politico’s headline and opening paragraphs from their article about this Gallup survey:

Poll: Number of Republicans rising

By TIM MAK | 10/28/2011

More Americans now identify themselves as Republicans than they did in 2008, a new Gallup survey shows.

The poll, which sampled 88,000 adults in 2008 and 2011, show that 40 percent of respondents now say they consider themselves Republican or lean Republican, up from 37 percent in January-March of 2008.

In comparison, 36 percent of Americans identified as Democrats in 2008, while the 2011 figures have not yet been released

Meanwhile, the Gallup article only notes this increase in Republican numbers in passing, in the 10th out of it 11 paragraph article.

Isn’t that peculiar?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 28th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “GOP Bigger, More Conservative Than In 2008”

  1. Petronius says:

    “As a group, Republicans continue to be … male, white, married, and religious….”

    This is precisely how Liberals define “the enemy.”

    • sticks says:

      They forgot “rich”, meaning: worked his but off to own a house and a car, put food on the table and pay his bills instead of demanding that the government give it all to him. That truely makes him “the enemy.”

  2. wirenut says:

    I find being talked down to, “demeaning”. Is this really the best they can do? It’s the 4th of July and this one’s a “dud”!
    Turn the page on the same playbook fools, it’s not going to work this election.

  3. eaglewingz08 says:

    Gee, isn’t it funny that a poll that shows an increase in republican identification, did not ask the respondents about democrat self identification? Or that somehow in tabulating the numbers from these questions on self identification, the pollsters somehow forgot that they asked democrats the same question but did not tally those results? Why it’s almost like Gallup is seeing the floor fall out of the democrat self identifiers and is trying to come up with some algorithm and fudge factor to hide the decline (as socialist democrats are won’t to say).

  4. eaglewingz08 says:

    If 40 percent are self identifying as repub or repub leaners (which I still think is low cause it means 60 percent lean democrat which was disproven in last election) then the polls which seriously undercount republican responders are in serious error intentionally so.

  5. jobeth says:

    Thank Goodness for this Gallup Poll.

    I can relax now and not bother to vote or even think about working against the much smarter, and compasionate, and generous (with my money…not theirs) lefties.

    We conservatives can all just give up and turn our pockets inside out so they can find the remaining coins, buttons and lint to fund their spending sprees.

    We all know that this Gallup poll couldn’t possibly be tilted at all.

    You know after a while you would think they would stop trying to put thoughts in our heads. Conservative heads are already full of our own thoughts and ideas. We aren’t at all like the empty headed dems who play follow the leader so well when told what to believe. (Usually after some bribe or promise of a “gimmee” for those who color between the progressive lines and follow the party retoric and mantra.)

    We conservatives can be so pesky sometimes, can’t we. If only we’d just shut up and do as we are told!.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    Amen Jo, your post’s always give me a big smile! Sing it loud!

    They don’t get to set the table and serve us the turd sandwich anymore.


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