The folks at Pajamas asked me to write a piece on the recent Gallup poll showing that since Obama’s election, Americans have been moving to the right. Here’s a taste of what I said.
If every American describing him- or herself as conservative identified with the Republican Party, nearly half of all Americans would support the GOP, while barely one-quarter would back the Democrats.* Yet, while our political parties increasingly divide themselves along ideological lines, those line are not always straight. Indeed, according to the latest Gallup poll, more than one in five (22%) Democrats describe themselves as conservative.
This poll which found that conservatives remain the largest ideological group is America, while welcome to those of us who believe America is a center-right nation, is sobering to those of us who identify with the GOP. According to Gallup:<
Forty percent of Americans describe their political views as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 20% as liberal. This marks a shift from 2005 through 2008, when moderates were tied with conservatives as the most prevalent group.
And this shift to the right has accelerated since the election of Barack Obama, ranked by the National Journal in 2007 as the most liberal member of the United State Senate, to the White House with increased–and more liberal–Democratic majorities in Congress. The poll shows clearly that their elections have not succeeded in moving Americans leftward.
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