Monday, October 26, 2009

Stats To Make Leftists Shudder ::: Gallup Sees Rising Conservatism

The main thrust of the poll release is that, as a group, those who identify as conservatives form the largest ideological block.

These stats that follow the graphs of that are just delicious:

Americans Also Moving Right on Some Issues

In addition to the increase in conservatism on this general ideology measure, Gallup finds higher percentages of Americans expressing conservative views on several specific issues in 2009 than in 2008.

  • Public support for keeping the laws governing the sale of firearms the same or making them less strict rose from 49% in October 2008 to 55% in October 2009, also a record high. (The percentage saying the laws should become more strict -- the traditionally liberal position -- fell from 49% to 44%.)

  • The propensity to want the government to "promote traditional values" -- as opposed to "not favor any particular set of values" -- rose from 48% in 2008 to 53% in 2009. Current support for promoting traditional values is the highest seen in five years.

This quote was also pretty fab:

Gallup has not recorded heightened conservatism on all major social and political views held by Americans. For instance, attitudes on the death penalty, gay marriage, the Iraq war, and Afghanistan have stayed about the same since 2008. However, there are no major examples of U.S. public opinion becoming more liberal in the past year.
And there was wailing and gnashing of teeth.

But not by me.


Source: Conservatives Maintain Edge as Top Ideological Group

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