Gallup Poll And A New Study Both Confirm America Is Starting To Lean Left

Author: May 26, 2013 1:24 am

Good news for the left.

Gallup just released a poll that reveals more and more Americans are shifting in ideological attitudes, and identifying themselves as ‘liberals’ in regard to social and economic issues. At the same time, fewer Americans are describing themselves as ‘conservatives.’

Gallup reports:

“The trend suggests that ideological attitudes in the country may be shifting. Social liberalism has grown by six points since 2001 and now attracts half of rank-and-file Democrats and Democratic leaners.”

This new survey shows changes in Americans’ ideology: economic conservatism is at a five-year low, while social liberalism has registered its highest support…

They go on to state the following:

 “the percentage of Americans describing their social views as ‘liberal’ or ‘very liberal’ has achieved a new peak of 30% — in line with Gallup’s recent finding that Americans are more accepting on a number of moral issues. Thirty-five percent of Americans say they are conservative or very conservative on social issues and 32% self-identify as socially moderate.”

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Another recent study was presented at Vanderbilt University:

What Politicians Believe About Their Constituents: (Asymmetric Misperceptions and Prospects for Constituency Control)

The study shows conservative politicians believe their ‘followers’ are more conservative than they actually are.

“There is a striking conservative bias in politicians’ perceptions, particularly among conservatives: conservative politicians systematically believe their constituents are more conservative than they actually are by more than 20 percentage points on average, and liberal politicians also typically overestimate their constituents’ conservatism by several percentage points.

On the same topic of Conservatives loosing ground, another Gallop poll taken in February, reveals 9 out of 10 Republicans are white.

Post image for Gallup: ‘Almost Nine In 10 Republicans Are White’

“Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 89% of Republican self-identifiers nationwide in 2012, while accounting for 70% of independents and 60% of Democrats,” Gallup reports. “On the other hand, relatively few Hispanics and blacks identified as Republicans, while both of these groups represented a significantly higher percentage of independents and Democrats nationwide.”

Gallup adds:

“The ability of the Republican Party to make inroads among nonwhites has been much discussed in recent months, particularly the GOP’s efforts to improve on the 13% allegiance that Gallup data show it obtains from Hispanics.”

So where does this all leave us? It leaves us looking damn good for the 2014 mid-term elections, it does. If Democrats don’t do anything silly, and GOP continues to dig its grave by introducing bills against the reproductive rights of women, opposing healthcare, even the simplest gun safety, and the environment, we should have a clear shot. You’d think Republicans would have learned after 2012 elections. I’m glad they didn’t — and hope they stay ignorant. Many liberals are ready for a Democratic majority in Congress, so we can get the job(s) done.
(The author, Leslie Salzillo, is a writer, pro-choice activist, political commentator, and visual artist. She writes diaries in Daily Kos and began contributing to AddictingInfo.org in March of 2013)
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  • I wish America was leaning more Libertarian rather than straight Left. Freedom on both social and economic issues. Free market capitalism and not corporatism. We haven’t ever had a true free market in the USA since its founding. Imagine a world with no corporations at all, and no kickbacks and preferences from government that go with them.

    No bans on drugs, guns, or prostitution. No seat belt or helmet laws. No red light camera laws anywhere, or for that matter, no laws that involve an automated camera taking a photo of a car license plate and then sending the car owner (not necessarily the driver) a ticket in the mail. No bans on Sunday liquor sales. No forced school busing laws.

    Recognizing that it is never the role of government to use laws for the purpose of protecting the culture or imposing the mandates and codifications of Christ or those of any other religion upon those that have no desire to follow those mandates.

    No Patriot Act. No TSA. No NDAA and its use of drones to kill US citizens without due process.

    No bans on consensual sodomy or other sexual activities between two or more consenting people of any gender.

    No Social Security, Medicare, or welfare. No more forced redistribution of wealth, but with no corporations and laws that favor big business over small business, it would be far more difficult for a greedy vulture capitalist to become super rich and screw others out of their hard earned money.

    Yes my friends, Liberty trumps safety and security. Libertarianism trumps both conservatism and liberalism.

    Oh and by the way, I hate and despise the Republican Party. I have utter contempt for George W. Bush, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Ann Coulter, Karl Rove, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and many others.

    I was tickled pink when Barack Obama defeated big government Republican John McCain in 2008, and again when he beat Mitt Romney in 2012. The Republicans screwed up big time when they refused to vote for Ron Paul in the primary elections.

  • I concur with the gerrymandering issues cited above.

    The Republicans have twisted and corrupted the process to insure that they remain in power.
    Which is what megamaniacal folks do.

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