Skip to comments.Americans are more conservative than they have been in decades
Posted on 11/16/2013 6:04:54 PM PST by 1010RD
The latest update of Stimsons policy mood series suggests that the American public in 2012 was more conservative than at any point since 1952. (Actually, since mood in each year is estimated with some error, it seems safer to say that the current level of conservatism roughly equals the previous highs recorded in 1980 and 1952.) While the slight increase in conservatism from 2011 to 2012 is too small to be significant, it continues a marked trend that began as soon as Barack Obama moved into the White House.
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I think Mike Lee is a great spokesman for our values and his ideas can attract the mushy middle, which we need to win at the national level and in many Senate races as well.
Higher is more conservative.
This is difficult to believe, looking at the recent election results.
what’s the angle of the comPost? This must be the mandatory once in a year “appeal to conservatives who think we’re a bunch of obama ass kisser which we really are” article.
At the state level, Republicans are doing very well. If it weren’t for the elitist boobs ruling the GOP at the federal level, the country would be in a lot better shape.
Here’s a link to a podcast on the stability of the American electorate over time:
We need to share conservative values in a way that attracts independents and the mushy middle.
They do not define ‘conservative” the same way we do.
Agreed. We win on the ground, but lose it to the GOPe. Some of that blame, though, goes to “TEA Party” candidates who just aren’t ready for prime time. We lost a couple of Senate seats that should have been easy pick ups.
You mean the one Romney lost? The one where 4 million white voters stayed home?
Read the article. It’s the Monkey Cage, so WAPO has a looser leash there.
This is pure self-delusional drivel. When conservatives start winning when it counts, come back with the headline.
The more liberalism ruins people the more of Rush's low information voters (aka idiots) come out of the woodwork with the rest of the cock roaches.
Those who want to complete the destruction of this country want to sign up 20 million new low information voters (aka idiots).
Actually not. When you get 90% of the urban vote it overwhelms a lot of conservative votes in other areas of the state. Of course some urban precincts provide 110% of the vote which makes it even more difficult.
And more ignored by government employees while they strive to steal elections, shred the Constitution prostitute the law.
I mean McAuliffe and the new mayor of New York, just off the top of my head.
RE: Americans are more conservative than they have been in decades
If this were true, how come Obama is president?
Where are these “conservatives” when you need them to stop a communist from leading our government?
2014 will tell us soon enough whether this article is true or not.
That explains it.
Ugh! It’s not the WaPo, but the Monkey Cage and James Stimson is a researcher. Please read the article, pre-opinions are especially subject to high volatility and low-reason.
They’re more conservative with their own money... other people’s money - not so much
I tend to agree with your view.
Every year 2.5m (mostly white, majority R voting) people die and are replaced by 2.53m (mostly minority, heavily D voting) people.
The trend is not our friend.
That's aka Useful Idiots, to you Steve.
Cuccinelli lost and had himself to blame. NY isn’t America.
Did you read the article?
Well Obama did turn more Democrats into Republicans than any other president in history and gave us a glimpse of what living under socialism and tyrrany with freedoms and constitutional rights removed would look like. Is it any wonder really?
Perhaps a starting point would be reading the article?
Since Romney got a million more total votes than McCain, is it your belief that Romney got five million more non-white votes to make up for the lost four million white votes?
How many states do Republicans control outright? How many states do Dems control outright?
Conservatives are noted for their ability to think and reason. It’s the LoInfos that emote and react.
Where are we losing and why? The House is more conservative than it’s been in two generations. Look to the facts, first.
Nothing in the article “proves” that America is becoming more conservative. A more conservative “mood” proves very little.
But let’s grant the premise.... what good is it if these conservatives don’t come out EN MASSE to vote?
The best we have are conservative spectators. That does nothing to stop Hillary in 2016.
“This is difficult to believe, looking at the recent election results.”
Man, I agree. A muslim communist radical in the White House and re elected, homosexuality everywhere, collapsing schools, race relations at the lowest point in my life, free markets under siege... I know there’s more, but that’s off the top of my head. Hard to see.
I was just talking to a registered Dem family. Their comment: The Democrats are destroying the middle class. This is in Cook County aka Obamacountry.
Romney lost the middle class last time out. We have to win them by not frightening them. They need opportunity, but they want stability. They’re on the margins and don’t like falling behind.
Opportunity knocks and we can capture a generation.
If the GOPe would stop trying to be Democrat-Lite, then maybe they would win more elections.
Hard times create reality. Here is how it works. In good times the white middle class is fat dumb and happy. Dems approach them for more taxes by telling them it is for the poor or children. Reasonable number falls for the sells pitch and after all another 50 bucks here and there is no problem. Jobs are plenty.
Then recession hits. Jobs are scarce and money is tight. Dems approach them for more taxes using the same line, for the poor and children. Now white middle class Joe tells them sorry it is not possible. Dems instead of understanding launch into a tirade on how Joe is a typical stingy white guy and the poor always got money from him and now he is acting like a racist bastard. Guess white middle class Joe woke up out of his bubble. All this time he was never loved by the poor and minorities, they always despise his ass when he gave money, and they really let him have it when he was in a financial pinch.
Recession produce good conservatives, so does black on white crime.
More conservatives? Sure, and if the libs keep aborting their children it’ll stay that way, too.
Obama drew 7.6 million fewer votes against his first performance. Why? GW Bush in 2004 gained 11 million votes over his first performance. Why?
Romney couldn’t convince the middle class he was on their side. It’s not Romney’s fault as Romney. The country wants a decent, pro-business, qualified candidate. We can win, but we have to show the middle class we’re on their side. Axelrod knew this and came up with the winning path.
America is at an inflection point that rarely happens. The last time was over a century ago. We can become the majority party based on effectively espoused conservative principles.
But you can’t do that if you lose the middle class. People vote their wallet and Obama isn’t running in 2014 or 16. Race won’t matter, economics will.
This would confirm that there is a lot of commie ‘RAT voter fraud going on out there. Conservatives would never have elected a Marxist dictator from Kenya to be the President of the United States.
Conservatives did come out. The middle class didn’t. Romney/the GOP wasn’t able to convince them they’re for the middle class.
We can change that. Cruz and Mike Lee are doing it. Sarah’s doing it. Hillary will work to triangulate herself a la her husband’s winning strategies.
We need to thwart that early and often. Obamacare is a gift. Americans were done with Obama in his first term. We need to make it stick.
So how come so many states are making homo-sexual marriages legal?
I can not believe those 4 million prefer president Zero over the moderate form Massachusetts.
That’s going to get cleaned up via GOP legislatures and lawsuits. It actually hurts the Dem machine in urban areas the worst. They depend on those ghost voters to maintain control. This means more radicals in urban areas and more opportunity for a Guiliani-type GOP mayor.
15/50 isn’t so many. They tend to be very liberal states already. Homosexuals have a tireless militant wing and lots of disposable income. Plus, the media lies for them.
Democrats here in Illinois don’t like it. Many are disgusted, but don’t want to be seen as bigots.
How many states are incrementally outlawing or drastically limiting it? We’re winning. Stop falling for the MSMs lies. They’re the psyops arm of the DNC.
They didn’t. Obama was down, too. We need to pick up the middle class. Doing so in a POTUS race means a landslide victory and a “mandate for change”.
Americans are more conservative?
Yeah - I can tell by their government. :)
And California is leading the way in conservativism. :D:D:D:D:D
Leave your arms by your side, just get your head around it. ;-]
Stimson’s been tracking this for a while. The public wants change, they didn’t get what they wanted out of Obama. He lied and tricked them.
Don’t lie, don’t trick them, show them that you’re on their side and sell them conservatism in a way they can understand and we can run the country for a generation.
Anecdotes don’t win elections. Americans are really unhappy with their government right now.
The American people elected Obama, twice. They elected a more leftist senators and the people of VA elected Hillary’s bagman.. If they don’t vote, it doesn’t matter.
Jimmy Carter made me (and a lot of others) a conservative. It’s no surprise that Obama is making a lot of young people conservative, or that the last time the numbers were so high was 1980.
The headlines are the opposite of facts on the ground.
This country is more socialist than it has ever been.
This country is more and more socialist every year, the government is in the process of stealing or destroying 1/6th of the economy with ACA/single payer. Not even taking all the other stuff into account.
The idea that this country can be called “conservative” is ridiculous.
Sadly, I fear it makes no difference anymore what the American people believe or want.
They are going to get both a decadent society and an oppressive nanny state shoved down their throats.
“Whether they like it or not.”
Yes the one where liberal Romney failed to attract enough voters to win over liberal Obama