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August 18, 2009

CONSERVATIVES OUTNUMBER LIBERALS IN ALL STATES

CNS - Self-identified conservatives outnumber self-identified liberals in all 50 states of the union, according to the Gallup Poll. At the same time, more Americans nationwide are saying this year that they are conservative than have made that claim in any of the last four years. In 2009, 40% percent of respondents in Gallup surveys that have interviewed more than 160,000 Americans have said that they are either "conservative" (31%) or "very conservative" (9%). That is the highest percentage in any year since 2004. Only 21% have told Gallup they are liberal, including 16% who say they are "liberal" and 5% who say they are "very liberal." Thirty-five percent of Americans say they are moderate.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Mairead said...

a) it's a Gallup poll.
b) most people say what they perceive to be socially approved.

August 18, 2009 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's interesting here is that a “much larger” percentage of Americans identified themselves as being Moderate. Repugs have spearheaded the defamation of the word Liberal, and the same Repugs have denigrated the term Conservative. These type of actions have caused many people, who may merely be a combination of Liberal and Conservative traits (on different issues) to simply call themselves Moderate. And the presentation of these issues are important in Polls, and Elections.

Most people may consider themselves to be quiet normal, with no motives to allow either the formation of far-right fascist government or a far-left socialist experiment, this study only peaks my curiousity when comparing Alabama with the rest of the States. And because 'my type' always generalizes, I'm going out on a limb here and intimate that Alabama is occupied by a larger-than-normal percentage of people that:

1. Are Theocratic, Plutocratic Repugs with a Unibrow.
or
2.Gimme a minute here...

Having said that, maybe the Poll itself had shortcomings and was ineffective in its attempt to define people so simply.

Sentence structure of questions asked is important.

Order of questions asked is important.

Questions asked must be asked 'in relation to what'.

And even Other Stuff...

It would really be interesting to find a good article about the details of this Gallup Poll.

-DaTheorist

August 18, 2009 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The American definition of moderate at this point is so far to the right of center that most of those labeled liberals by the GOP don't even make it to the left of the rest of the world's center line.

August 20, 2009 11:13 AM  
Blogger Rich Mitchell said...

Liberals are so focused on the future that they have forgotten and disparaged history.

The comments here simply show how short-sighted one must be to enjoy being progressive.

Conservatives now function to remind liberals of the future that they are doomed to repeat.

Every one of us hopes we can stop you before you doom all of us to repeat it.

Rich Mitchell
The Plain, Hard Truth
An information engine for Conservatives

September 7, 2009 3:07 AM  

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