May 23, 2009
Dem Support Eroding Already
Despite the radical Change Dems are showing the Audacity to inflict on America, they hardly have a mandate. Obama barely squeaked by against a dismal Republican candidate after years of substandard Republican rule. Already, what support the Dems have is eroding:
Conservatives are holding their own, while the ranks of independents have skyrocketed since November's presidential election, the latest Pew Research Center poll shows. The poll of 3,013 adults from March 31 to April 21 found that there had been "no consistent movement away from conservatism, nor a shift toward liberalism" since the election.
Independents, who now make up 39% of the electorate, are "more skittish than they were two years ago about expanding the social safety net and are reluctant backers of greater government involvement in the private sector," according to the poll.
Among Republicans, self-identified conservatives have risen since 2000 from 60% to 66%, hopefully high enough to crowd RINOs off the top of the ticket next time around. Among independents, conservatives have risen to 33%, from 28% in 2007.
This is before the inevitably catastrophic consequences of Obama's loot and waste policies kick in, and even before the warm glow of voting for the black guy even though he isn't qualified wears off — and wear off it will, as anyone who endured New York City during the David Dinkins reign of error can attest.
On a tip from Oiao.
Posted by Van Helsing at May 23, 2009 9:32 AM
ah yes, but remember, Obama has already transfered control of the 2010 census to the white house....
methinks that a bit of gerrymandering will take place when the results of the census are used to reallocate the 435 representatives...
Posted by: blue at May 23, 2009 10:04 AM
Proclaiming victory while simultaneously blaming any failure to come back on cheating. I love it!
Posted by: Anonymous at May 23, 2009 11:07 AM
And even after SLIME magazine was claiming that conservatives were losing their support from american voters which proves you cant ever trust a thing you read in SLIME
Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at May 23, 2009 11:09 AM
Maybe reading the Pew results would have been a good idea before posting this as a clarion cry for the Republican revival. Republican Party identification is at 23%, the lowest for a decade. Every group, Republican, Democrat and Independent has moved away from socially conservative positions and are trending away from them. The GOP is 88% non-white Hispanic, and has hemorrhaged support everywhere except the South. The Republican Party's voters are older, whiter and more religious in 2009 than in 2004, three demographic groups that are shrinking.
I actually don't think we should place much merit in pollsters, but if we must, let's look at all the figures that a pollster puts out. I'll freely accept that Democratic Party identification has slipped too, from 39% to 32% - Pew also has Obama on a 73% favorable rating. But I'm it's just about to wear off....
Posted by: Ben at May 23, 2009 11:14 AM
It's a CONSERVATIVE revival, BEN. If you8 had been paying attention, you would know that "Republican" does not equal "conservative".
Posted by: Anonymous at May 23, 2009 11:18 AM
Obviously not, but conservatives wield power (not much of it at the moment) by having a majority stake in the Republic Party (this is what we call a 'base'). The Republican Party has shrunk and become more conservative, more religious, a more white. Hooray, you cry! But, the Republican Party, through which conservatives wield political power, is currently polling at less than 1/4 of voters. Conservative values, such as social conservatism, is trending downwards, markedly so, in all three identifications. How exactly are conservatives going to revive when they have no party. Writing 'conservative!' on a a ballot form is not going to win you elections.
Posted by: Ben at May 23, 2009 11:31 AM
Ben - you miss the point.
The largly dooped indi voters and center voters (of each of the two animal parties) now realize they have been douped by a unqualified guy who ran as a centrist, but is acting like the extreme left politician that his limited record pointed to.
And this equates to a trend to the righ of the political spectrum.
Parting shot - even liberals are running from 'the one', PolPotLucy and Reid.
Posted by: Oiao at May 23, 2009 12:07 PM
Americans have historically been distrustful of one party holding too much power. With the Democrats in absolute control of the government... and with their spending totally out of control... there is incentive for the electorate to want to restore balance.
Posted by: V the K at May 23, 2009 12:25 PM
The Republican Party has NOT been drifting more conservative, quite the opposite. W did not run his administration as a true conservative, and the R's in congress have been following the rat line, whether from a sense of compromise, or from a loss of their own principles. Either way, it's not healthy for US.
What I think we're seeing here is a lot of conservatives balking at their presumed association with the R's. My mother knew several people who simply didn't vote last year; even though jomama was utterly unacceptable, they couldn't bring themselves to pull the lever for McCain.
Some of the "independents" you see may no longer be "between" the rat's and R's as the extremes. The R's have moved too uncomfortably close to the rats and some I's have popped out the other side.
Posted by: Mr Evilwrench at May 23, 2009 1:28 PM
If Bush hadn't traded his veto power for votes on Afghanistan and Iraq and agreed to let RINOS and dems run wild on spending, we'd still be sending money and aid to Osama in Afghanistan.
Posted by: ck at May 23, 2009 3:37 PM
This is a good read.
Posted by: Oiao at May 23, 2009 4:02 PM
Yet another interesting read.
Posted by: Oiao at May 23, 2009 4:07 PM
Dems support eroding? In your dreams.
Wait until mid terms VH - you will be even more shrill.
Posted by: Anonymous at May 24, 2009 11:01 AM
I don't know, Anon @ 11:01...
Even the media appears to be not in absolute support of the current administration anymore. (I have to word that statement carefully)
Liken political power to the action of a pendulum, and the harder and faster it gets pulled to one side, the harder and faster it swings back to the other side. Don't be suprised (or offended either, FFS) when the spectrum does shift. It's just how the process works.
Posted by: Murff at May 25, 2009 4:41 AM