Sunday, June 7, 2015

Americans Moving Away From Conservatism...

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Recent polling indicates liberals are gaining ground with the American public (electorate) and conservatives are losing ground by a greater margin. It is likely that conservatives will fail to ask the question why this is happening and it is even more likely they will fail to search for honest answers to that question. Conservatives (republicans), unable to face a changing world and the realities that accompany change, will simply bury their has deeper in the sand and double down on old worn out clich├ęs that never worked in the first place.

Putting the foregoing aside for a moment; the biggest problem conservatives/republicans must overcome is their hypocrisy with respect to spending and balanced budgets. While the conservative/republican/evangelical base is out of step with the American people on most social issues the conservative/republican fiscal myths have finally caught up to them. Whether they wish to accept this truth s of course up to them. If they fail to come clean and start telling the truth they will most assuredly face the consequences at the polls.

WALL STREET JOURNAL - There are signs that liberals are making a comeback — and not just because a socialist is running for president, gay marriage is spreading like wildfire and pot legalization is gaining acceptance.

A new analysis of Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll data finds a marked increase in the share of registered voters identifying themselves as liberals, and an even bigger drop in the share saying they are conservatives.

In three national polls conducted so far in 2015, the analysis found that 26% of registered voters identified themselves as liberals — up from 23% in 2014. At the same time, the share of voters identifying as conservatives dropped to 33% from 37% in 2014.

The analysis by GOP pollster Bill McInturff, who looked at survey data from 2010 to 2015, found that the biggest ideological shifts came among women, young people, Latinos and well-educated voters, as well as people in the West and in cities.

From 2010 through 2014, there was little overall variation in the share of people identifying themselves as conservative, moderate and liberal, with conservatives either a plurality or tied with moderates. But that stability seems to be ending this year. For the first time since 2010, conservatives are no longer are a plurality: 38% identify as moderates, compared with the 33% who identify as conservative and 26% as liberal.

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“Americans’ growing social liberalism is evident not only in how they describe their views on social issues but also in changes in specific attitudes, such as increased support for same-sex marriage and legalizing marijuana,” the Gallup report said.

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Younger voters also saw a notable swing to the left, with 35% of 18-34-year-olds saying they are liberal and 26% saying the are conservative. In 2010, that age group split 28% liberal-32% conservative.

Change is a coming and for certain changing demographics are a large part of this. A part conservatives/republicans ignore at great peril. Get honest, get with the times, and give us all a reason why conservatism should be considered. Having been a true conservative for many years the movements unwillingness to speak the truth and resistance to changes that bring equality to all has certainly turned me away from conservatism. I believe it has others as well.

Full article BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

6 comments:

  1. The tea party has played a large role in the decline.

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  2. You are probably very right Jerry. And they will double, triple, and quadruple down on what they do. Oblivious to the fact America likes some of their ideas but expects them to govern as well; in the best overall interests of the American people and the nation.

    Pendulums always swing back only momentarily stopping in the middle.

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    1. Golly, let's hope the political pendulum isn't like Edgar Allan Poe's.

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    2. In some respects it seems as though it already is. :-)

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  3. I'm not seeing the liberal/left leadership as being very strong and inspiring up to this point (trying to look at this from the center as much as possible), so maybe this is indeed the conservatives (including the Tea Party) driving people off.

    Or it could have little to do with a tiny number of showy figures (such as Tea Party firebrands) or a few politicians and have to do with something large and societal.

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    1. I'm not seeing the conservative leadership as being very strong either dmarks. Unless of course one views military might and bullying as leadership.

      Conservatives, should they regain the presidency and hold both houses of congress for long will, I am almost certain, destroy our democratic republic.

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