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The Left is Outnumbered, Poll Shows Conservatives Dominate

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Posted on June 26 2010 3:00 pm
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My friend and colleague Michael van der Galien said it better than I could: “A leftist government is the best argument in favor of conservatism.”

Never forget that we’re in the majority and that conservative ideas are twice as popular as leftist fantasies. According to Gallup:

The 2010 results are based on eight Gallup and USA Today/Gallup surveys conducted from January through June, encompassing interviews with more than 8,000 U.S. adults. The 42% identifying as conservative represents a continuation of the slight but statistically significant edge conservatives achieved over moderates in 2009. Should that figure hold for all of 2010, it would represent the highest annual percentage identifying as conservative in Gallup’s history of measuring ideology with this wording, dating to 1992.

A few other highlights from the poll:

  • “Independents today are slightly more likely to say they are moderate than conservative, with fewer than 20% identifying as liberal. While this is similar to 2009, it represents an increase in conservatism among this group since 2008.
  • “Seven in 10 Republicans continue to call themselves conservative, similar to 2009, while most of the remaining Republicans identify as moderate. Since 2002, however, the percentage conservative has increased by 10 points.”

Remember, President Obama’s electoral victory was not a sign of some leftward shift in the country. As Victor Davis Hanson explained at the Wednesday Morning Club last week, it was the result of four principle factors:

1. It was the first election since 1952 in which we had “orphan” candidates. There was not someone in the race who was either president or vice president in the previous administration.

2. The financial meltdown.

3. It felt good to vote for the first black president.

4. Obama ran as a moderate centrist.

(Though, I’d probably also add that John McCain’s lousy campaign and Obama’s brilliant campaign were also critical factors. Generally — regardless of ideas and candidates — whoever runs the more effective campaign is going to win.)

Ideologically the country remains firmly Center-Right. In fact, now with four years of Obama it appears that tendency will get even further affirmed.

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