October 28, 2009
I thought this was interesting, mostly because a lot of people I know claim to be on the left.
I have decided that I am no longer going to refer to myself as a Republican. I prefer to say that I am a Conservative. Mostly because I fall more in line with the conservative way of thinking rather than what passes for the Republican party these days. They are more like RINO’s and CINO’s.
Here’s the poll article.
October 26, 2009
Conservatives Maintain Edge as Top Ideological Group
Compared with 2008, more Americans “conservative” in general, and on issues
by Lydia Saad
PRINCETON, NJ — Conservatives continue to outnumber moderates and liberals in the American populace in 2009, confirming a finding that Gallup first noted in June. Forty percent of Americans describe their political views as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 20% as liberal. This marks a shift from 2005 through 2008, when moderates were tied with conservatives as the most prevalent group.
“Changes among political independents appear to be the main reason the percentage of conservatives has increased nationally over the past year: the 35% of independents describing their views as conservative in 2009 is up from 29% in 2008.”
All of this has potentially important implications at the ballot box, particularly for the 2010 midterm elections. The question is whether increased conservatism, particularly among independents, will translate into heightened support for Republican candidates. Right now, it appears it may. Although Gallup polling continues to show the Democratic Party leading the Republican Party in Americans’ party identification, that lead has been narrowing since the beginning of the year and now stands at six points, the smallest since 2005. According to Gallup Managing Editor Jeff Jones, “the Democratic-Republican gap is narrowing because more independents now say they lean to the Republican Party.” That trend aligns with the recent changes in how independents perceive their own ideology and where they stand on some key issues.