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Great news in the September Battleground Poll

By Bruce Walker
web posted September 27, 2004

A new Battleground Poll has been released and this highly reliable, bipartisan poll, which makes the details of its findings public, again shows in Question D3 the most important question for the presidential election and the future course of our nation.

Those of you who have read my prior articles on the Battleground Poll already know what Question D3 asks responders, which I will paraphrase and allow readers to seek themselves in the poll: "When thinking about politics and government, do you consider yourself to be very conservative, somewhat conservative, moderate, somewhat liberal, very liberal or don't know / not respond?"

Recall that the mantra of the Left has been that America is an evenly divided country, that Americans want us to move away from the "far right" and toward the center, that President Bush - who many conservatives believe is not conservative enough - is "too conservative" for America, etc., etc., etc.

Note also that Question D3 does not require people who feel squeamish about telling a pollster what their ideology is to say "conservative" or "liberal." The question allows the safe answer of "moderate" or allows the responder to simply say that he was not sure what label really fit him or that he preferred not to answer.

The results? A whopping fifty-nine percent of Americans called themselves either "very conservative" or "somewhat conservative." Thirty-four percent of Americans called themselves "very liberal" or "somewhat liberal." Five percent of Americans called themselves "moderate" and three percent of Americans either did not know or refused to answer the question.

This is substantially the same as the results in August, when sixty percent of Americans called themselves "very conservative" or "somewhat conservative" and thirty-four percent called themselves "very liberal" or "somewhat liberal" (a gap of twenty-six percentage points) and since the April 2004 Battleground Poll, when sixty percent of Americans called themselves "very conservative" or "somewhat conservative" and thirty-seven percent of Americans called themselves "very liberal" or "somewhat liberal" (a gap of twenty-three percent.)

Almost exactly one year ago, the Battleground Poll asked the same question and the number of conservatives, again, was fifty nine percent and the number of liberals was thirty-five percent. Not only has American remained overwhelmingly conservative, but also the gap between conservatives and liberals has actually grown.

Consider how remarkable that statistic is in American politics and culture. Hollywood has invented the wildest conspiracy theories imaginable. Men like George Soros have spent hundreds of millions to demonize President Bush and conservatives. Virtually every institution of society which influences public opinion from universities and public schools to the plutocratic foundations are the pawns of Leftism.

Leftists feel secure enough in their fortresses that creepy, nasty liars like Dan Rather can still have his motives defended, even when his motives were obviously as bad or worse than any malefactor of any other giant corporation regularly pummeled by CBS News. Leftists feel secure enough in their domination of choke points in our society that they can produce comical "documentaries" like Michael Moore's recent 9/11 screed certain that his modern version of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion or The Birth of a Nation will receive accolades. Despite the Leftist occupation of American institutions, John F. Petain has not been able to persuade more than one third of Americans that Vichy America is morally right.

This means, also, that the thirty-four percent is probably inflated and the fifty-nine percent is probably deflated. Who sees any advantage in declaring himself a conservative? Much better to claim to be a moderate or to say "I don't believe in labels" or feign ignorance. Those craven eight percent who said that they were "moderates" or who said that they did not know what they were or declined to answer were almost certainly closet conservatives.

That means the ideological divide in America is sixty-six percent to thirty-four percent. But even if we do not make the logical assumption that the craven eight percent are closet conservatives and break them along the normal "conservative / liberal" split or through them out entirely, what is the ideological breakdown of America? Conservatives are over sixty-three percent of the American people and liberals are less than thirty-seven percent of the American people.

That means that if the most liberal member of the Senate ran as a "liberal" and if President Bush ran as a "conservative" then John Kerry would lose to George Bush by a wider margin than Walter Mondale lost to Ronald Reagan, than George McGovern lost to Richard Nixon, than Barry Goldwater lost to LBJ, than Alf Landon lost to FDR, than James Cox lost to Warren Harding or than Alton Parker lost to Theodore Roosevelt. That means that President Bush would win the greatest landslide in the history of the Republican and Democratic parties.

So do not expect Kerry to be honest. Expect Democrat operatives to paint very liberal politicians like Ed Koch as "moderates," legislators with demonstrably moderate voting records like Zell Miller as "extreme conservatives," and President Bush, who is at about the middle of the majority Republican Party, as "off the edge."

"But don't believe me,
Just read Question D3"

Bruce Walker is a senior writer with Enter Stage Right. He is also a frequent contributor to The Pragmatist and The Common Conservative.

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