Polls show conservatism is a sleeping giant
By Bruce Walker
One of the most effective ways that the leftist establishment has found to keep conservatives helpless bystanders is to minimize the breadth and depth of conservatism. If conservatism is on the fringes of society, if the vast majority of Americans reject conservative values, if conservatives only reflect a narrow slice of our society, then ignoring the conservative message makes some political sense. Because the left controls virtually every mass institution in America – media, entertainment, education, bureaucracies, foundations, etc. – the left never really needs to rely upon genuine grassroots support. It can invent the perception of support and rest its ideological attacks on that false image of support. But it must dismiss any evidence of a vast conservative majority – and that is just what the left does.
As I have noted in many articles the Battleground Poll is a bipartisan poll which always asks the same demographic questions and always reveals all the questions in the poll. In the last sixteen Battleground Polls, which have been fairly evenly spread since June 2002, the overwhelming majority of Americans who are asked Question D3, which asks the respondent's personal ideology, respond by calling themselves "conservatives." This data is remarkably consistent – much more consistent than almost any other political question polled over the last decade.
Can we same the same about the New York Times/CBS News poll – go to page 29 for the data - which has asked Americans their ideology in 145 separate polls stretching back to January 1992? These polls were sometimes conducted three times a month, a vast sample of poll results. In every single one of these 145 polls, conservatives outnumbered liberals, sometimes by more than a two to one margin. Isn't this a news story – especially when the cognoscenti of leftist elitism are desperate to find out why the Tea Party is sweeping America?
Most interesting, however, are the statewide Survey USA polls. These polls almost always ask the respondent about his ideology. The polling organizations are local media and there seems to be no vested ideological interest in the response. Accuracy alone pays the bills. A perusal of the polls will show powerful reinforcement for the belief that America is a conservative nation. Consider, just, Survey USA polls in states we usually consider leftist. In California, Survey USA has taken ten polls over the last two years. In each of these ten polls, more Californians identified themselves as "conservative" rather than "liberal." In Oregon, the four polls taken over the last two years all show more "conservatives" than "liberals" in the state. The same is true in Washington State: each of the seven polls over a two year period produces more conservatives than liberals.
The responses in the "liberal" states of Flyover Country are more telling. The two polls in New Mexico show more than twice as many conservatives than liberals. The last two polls in Minnesota show many more conservatives than liberals. The same is true in Wisconsin – two polls taken two years apart have almost exactly the same conservative plurality. There are twice as many conservatives as liberals in Iowa. Moving to the industrial northeast, the pattern of conservative strength continues. In Pennsylvania and Ohio conservatives strongly outnumber liberals. In Delaware, two separate polls show conservatives outnumber liberals: in one poll by 27% to 17% and in the other poll by 26% to 15%. In New Jersey, four out of five polls over the last two years show more conservatives than liberals, and a single poll in September 2008 shows 20% conservative to 21% liberal response.
Even in New York State, two out of three polls show more conservatives than liberals, and in the other poll, in October 2008, 24% of New Yorkers called themselves conservative and 25% called themselves liberals. In Massachusetts alone, all the Survey USA polls show more liberals than conservatives, although by narrow margins (23% conservative to 24% liberal in one poll; 19% conservative to 24% liberal in the other poll.) In Maine, home of the two lady-RINOs, there are more conservatives than liberals.
The evidence from polling data is overwhelming. The Battleground Poll, the Gallup Poll, the New York Times/CBS News polls, and the Survey USA polls ask different Americans questions about their ideology. Each of their polls was taken at a different time. The population sample and the form of questions in different polls differed slightly. Yet all point to the same crucial fact: Americans, overwhelmingly, choose conservatism over liberalism. The Tea Party, of course, represents those conservative values untainted by partisan affiliation. Could we be seeing, right now, not flukes or temporary rejections of Obamacare, but instead the groundswell of a true revolution? The ignored, despised conservative may be on the verge of reclaiming America for us all. He is a giant only waiting to awaken.
Bruce Walker is the author of a new book Poor Lenin's Almanac: Perverse Leftists Proverbs for Modern Life.