UPDATE: AllahPundit notes that this level of conservative self-identification is “back to same level as post-9/11.” Interesting. Perhaps a one-night stand with Obama was enough to give America The Hangover Of The Century?
STILL. From Gallup today:
PRINCETON, NJ — The increased conservatism that Gallup first identified among Americans last June persisted throughout the year, so that the final year-end political ideology figures confirm Gallup’s initial reporting: conservatives (40%) outnumbered both moderates (36%) and liberals (21%) across the nation in 2009.
More broadly, the percentage of Americans calling themselves either conservative or liberal has increased over the last decade, while the percentage of moderates has declined. [GP Ed. Note: So much for Obama being “post-partisan” and a “uniter”, eh?]
Thus far in 2009, Gallup has found an average of 36% of Americans considering themselves Democratic, 28% Republican, and 37% independent. When independents are pressed to say which party they lean toward, 51% of Americans identify as Democrats, 39% as Republicans, and only 9% as pure independents.
Ideological tendencies by leaned party affiliation are very similar to those of straight partisan groups. However, it is worth noting the views of pure independents — a group usually too small to analyze in individual surveys but potentially important in deciding elections. Exactly half of pure independents describe their views as moderate, 30% say they are conservative, and 17% liberal.
Conservative Republicans hold the mainstream views in America. The governing coalition in the US has been, since 1980, Conservative Republicans, Conservative Democrats, Conservative-Leaning Independents. That all adds up to the magic 40% Conservative. Then all you need is two swing 11% moderate Independents and you have your governing coalition.
Liberals had their wad shot in 2008. Now the Conservative Governing Coalition of America is coming back and uniting around our Founding Principles. Obama had better wake up and realize he ain’t the Premier of the United Soviet States of America anymore.
The problem of course is that liberals have infested the academic and media worlds and they whine, shriek and holler louder than the other 79% of America. We need to change that. NOW.