The Conservative Ascendency Continues…

As I mentioned before in a previous post, Conservatives continue to be the dominant political group in the country.

Conservatives Finish 2009 as No. 1 Ideological Group

Uptick owing largely to more independents calling themselves conservative

by Lydia Saad

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.

What is of particular interest in this poll is the political identification of the Demacrat party, which has become more liberal over the last decade.

Begging now an interesting question, if the Dems are more and more liberal, and if the nation is more and more Conservative, then A) how did we get the current one-party catastrophe we currentlt enjoy, and B) what can we expect at the mid-term elections?

The perfect storm that was 2008- worst run GOP campaign I can remember; catastrophic economic damage towards the end of the campaign; and a political candidate that not only received disproportionate coverage, but literally had the media covering up  contentious issues. Simultaneously, you had an incumbent administration that was weak, beleaguered, and generally not well liked (which is even more interesting in that now the current administration is only barely more popular than the old administration!).

But the more important question is the future, and frankly it is not looking good for the Dems. Great for the country, bad for the Dems, which is an interesting dichotomy that has been relatively true for the last decade or so, what’s good for the Dems tends to be bad for America, and vice versa, but I digress.

Generic ballots are trending towards the GOP, some as high as 9 points. Party identification is also starting to shift towards the GOP. We can thank Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress for this shift.

The agenda of this administration is beginning to take its toll. Byron Dorgan and Chris Dodd have anounced retirement because their support for this administration has severely damaged any chance of their reelection. The numbers for other Dems, like Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, are also polling badly. There is talk of the GOP potentially taking both chambers in COngress in the mid-term. While this may be a bit wishful thinking at this point, considering the dire straits the GOP was in just a year ago, well, anything can happen.

Ultimately though, the key for politicans and pundits on both side of the political isle to understand is that this country is a Conservative nation.


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