Is America moving back to the right?

A new Gallup poll shows Americans, by a 2-1 margin, are moving to the right politically and that shift could spell trouble for President Barack Obama and Democrats.

The shift comes in sharp contrast to the gains made by the Democratic party in 2008 and showcases the continued uneasiness of the American electorate.

"Conservatives currently outnumber liberals in the population, and thus, conservatism has a natural advantage on any question asking the public to choose between these standard ideological labels," the Gallup organization says in a special report posted on its web site.

The poll also confirms other signs that Obama’s popularity is fading and Americans are growing increasingly impatient at failures by the White House and Congress to deal with the economic crisis facing the nation.

Says Gallup:

Indeed, in the latest survey, 38% of Americans describe their political views as conservative, and among this group 58% say their views have grown more conservative in recent years. Although a large segment of liberals (42%) say they have become more liberal, far fewer Americans in the poll (18%) describe themselves as liberal — thus providing little counterweight to the rightward movement of conservatives. At the same time, political moderates are twice as likely to say they have grown more conservative as opposed to more liberal (33% vs. 18%), thus further tipping the scales in favor of conservatism.

The poll also suggests that Americans are not as dissatisfied with Republicans as the 2008 elections would suggest.

Gallup concludes:

Which way do Americans want to be led? While the new Gallup Poll finds the public reporting a heightened sense of conservatism in its political outlook, Americans’ specific policy positions have not changed much since 2004. To the extent they have, about as many of these positions have become more liberal as more conservative.

Aside from the trends, Gallup’s recent polling from 2008-2009 indicates that a majority of Americans concur with the Republican Party’s general philosophy on the death penalty, defense spending, gay marriage, the role of government, environmental protection, and handgun legislation. Americans are about as likely to agree with the Republican Party’s general philosophy as they are to agree with the Democratic Party’s in terms of abortion, government activism, government promotion of "traditional" values, taxes, changing the power of labor unions, and certain aspects of the need for healthcare reform. They are more likely to agree with the Democratic Party’s philosophy on other aspects of healthcare reform, embryonic stem-cell research, government regulation of business, the Iraq war, and immigration.

The bottom line? Despite setbacks in 2006 and 2008, the Republican Party is far from dead and conservatisim is not only still alive and well in America, it is growing, but Americans are still split politically and there is support for both the right and the left, depending on the issue.

The poll also shows Americans want action, not rhetoric, and both Obama and the Democrats need to start delivering or American voters just may clean house again in 2010 and 2012.

The Gallup Report in full.


  1. almandine

    One hour into drafting a reply and I get a meltdown. More analysis, more data, more quotes from the articles you’ve quoted piecemeal, and more references in support of my argument that the number and types of articles and information made public today is weirdly beyond anything we’ve seen in history. Much of it ain’t pretty. Much of it is true. There was much of it… the iceberg, of which those headlines were merely the tip.

    I’m not going to recapitulate again right now. Suffice it to say, I think you should take off the rose colored glasses, cause they seem to give you the view of govt and its band of merry marauders equivalent to that of a fairy godmother and her wee little elves.

    Read (all) the reference on the H1N1/H5N1 flu and associated vaccines and see if you don’t find a cause for alarm. Tell me you want to take those vaccinations. As the old saying goes, where there’s smoke there’s fire, and it looks like a volcanic plume to me.

  2. gazelle1929

    Your headlines:

    Jobs data bode ill for future

    The article from the WSJ does not live up to its sensationalist headline. The article concludes: “A technical recovery is still likely this year, but the pain will be around for some time to come. “ The gist of the article is not that the future is grim, as implied in the headline, but that the recovery will not be overnight. But many of us knew that already, I’m certain.

    Calls grow to supplant dollar as global currency

    This from bloomberg: “The International Monetary Fund said it’s possible to take the ‘revolutionary’ step of creating a new global reserve currency to replace the dollar over time. “

    And further:

    “There are many, many attractions in the long run to such an outcome,” Lipsky told a panel discussing reserve currencies at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum today. “But this is not a quick, short or easy decision,” he said, adding that it would be “quite revolutionary.”


    “US lurching towards ‘debt explosion’ with long-term interest rates on course to double “

    From the article:

    “n a 2003 paper, Thomas Laubach, the US Federal Reserve’s senior economist, calculated the impact on long-term interest rates of rising fiscal deficits and soaring national debt. Applying his assumptions to the recent spike in the US fiscal deficit and national debt, long-term interests rates will double from their current 3.5pc. “

    2003? Sheesh. I fail to see how a paper six years old can have much relevance in the face of what has transpired in the intervening period.

    “Bank Holiday set for August/September 2009 “

    I googled and googled and found nothing concrete, but there was this:

    ““My HSL suspicion is that the elite plan another FDR style “bank holiday” of indefinite length, perhaps very soon, to let the insiders sort-out the bank mess which is getting more out of their control every day.“ on a website called The Coming Depression. Pretty damned slim to use as the basis for posting something about it here, IMNSHO. I could not figure out what HSL was, but this is nothing but a SUSPICION!!!!

    “Billionaire Madoff tied to intelligence agencies “

    Yes. There is such a headline. It is on the Russia Today website. is a propaganda arm of the Russian Government. Go read the article and see if you can swallow the crap in it:

    It is propaganda. Pure and simple.

    “Holder Admits: No Equality under Hate Bill “

    The article you cite says in part:

    “It (a 10-minute video on youtube) features Attorney General Holder flatly stating that, despite promising to do so, S. 909 will not protect all Americans who are victims of violent hate crime.’ It will only protect a privileged minority, including homosexuals, blacks, and Jews.’ Secondly, Holder can provide no example of even one state failing to enforce the law against hate criminals.”

    Please explain how you equate that with the headline you provided.


    That one is made up out of whole cloth. The amendment offered by RepHstings has NOTHING, repeat NOTHING, to do with what the headline states. Rather, it is simply an amendment to title 10, which deals with the military, to keep skinheads, KKK members, etc. out of the military. Here’s the url with the amendment in it:

    “Foreign Troops To Patrol Your Neighborhood – Thanks to FEMA “

    Now that one’s a real pile of horse-turds. The reality is that there is going to be a large-scale exercise, described by FEMA as follows:

    “National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) is scheduled for July 27 through July 31, 2009. NLE 09 will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery. “


    “NLE 09 will focus on intelligence and information sharing among intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector participants. “

    This is yet another case of right-wing kooks grasping at straws, twisting words, lying outright, all in an attempt to make the government look bad. Shameful. And shame on those who wittingly or unwittingly pass this shit on without doing even the tiniest bit of research.

    “Rep. Hastings submits bill to establish civilian internment camps”

    Here’s what the bill says in its intro:

    (a) In General- In accordance with the requirements of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish not fewer than 6 national emergency centers on military installations.
    (b) Purpose of National Emergency Centers- The purpose of a national emergency center shall be to use existing infrastructure–
    (1) to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster;
    (2) to provide centralized locations for the purposes of training and ensuring the coordination of Federal, State, and local first responders;
    (3) to provide centralized locations to improve the coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery efforts of government, private, and not-for-profit entities and faith-based organizations; and
    (4)to meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

    How the HELL can you read into that that these centers are supposed to be internment camps? HOW?

    Flu vaccine will be DNA based

    So freaking what?

    Government POISONS US SOLDIERS with FLU Vaccination

    OK. I’ll grant a partial pass on this one. The main story seems to be about one Marine with a lot of supposition thrown around about other cases. I don’t know what caused that guy’s illness, and it may well have been the vaccination. Nevertheless the headline is sensationalist because it implies that the US is doing this on purpose. This from the wiki article on influenza vaccination: “The most dangerous side-effect is a severe allergic reaction to either the virus material itself or residues from the hen eggs used to grow the influenza; however, these reactions are extremely rare.”

  3. sherry

    “Is that the best you have?” bogofree writes

    The best we have on both sides is what the party elder/puppet masters give us.
    The Democrats were so blatant. Hillary didn’t lose. She wasn’t allowed to win.
    John McCain, the eternal candidate finally got the nomination because the GOP knew if the Dems ran a yellow dog, they would still win. It was the gimme election.
    Which is how we got stuck with Obama.
    That old joke, you want a heart attack or cancer comes to mind.
    And people are still grousing about Palin. Palin was playing a role. Why she is still getting so much press and hatred is beyond me.
    The fix was in before the first vote was cast.

  4. almandine

    The headline links to:

    On Hastings Bill: The House bill (HR 645) — National Emergency Centers Establishment Act — is not even on the radar of members of the elite media. According to critics of the plan, if passed the government will create camps or centers that by their nature restrict the activities of US citizens herded into them.

    And the latest on Bird flu:

    Jobs data:

    Debt explosion:

    One on Holder:

    A new one:

    The rest can be googled. You don’t get out much, huh? Then again, maybe too much sun at the beach?

  5. gazelle1929

    Did you make up all those headlines? Or did you see them while standing in line at the grocery store?

    If you cannot substantiate those you should remove them. Particularly the shit like foreign troops patrolling our streets. That is just so totally irresponsible.

    And frankly, lady, I do not give a damn what you call me or how you jump all over me. This crap you are posting is idiotic pap.

  6. bogofree

    Sherry….I hear you loud and clear.

    My wife gets on my case about my foolishness of just getting a ballot and then turning around and submitting a blank. The bailout was the last straw for me. Can’t change it without voting? Hey….don’t support it by voting.

    I have voted in every election for decades but no more. I’ll go and plug away at some local elections but for state and national a big zero.

    When I look at what has been dumped on us by both parties I say this is the best you have to offer?

    Back to the right or back to the left. Screwed either way.

  7. sherry

    People get ticked off at GOP, swear they will never vote for another then vote democrat. Same scenario.
    People voted for change, but they failed to note the game changer was supported by the old guard, Kennedy, Pelosi, Reid et al. Obama is going to do as he is told. Just as Bush did.
    If people truly want change, they need a candidate not affiliated with any party, that has some history that would indicate the ability to make positive change.
    I can’t even remember in my 47 years when we had a candidate who fit that bill.

  8. bryan mcclellan

    Don’t look Ethel!

    We’ll get back to that stuff once we’ve grilled the home wrecking, moose shootin politicians and buried the crotch grabbin entertainer. You betcha.

  9. almandine

    Back to the right?

    No, it seems we’re accelerating more into the wrong. Neither conservatives or liberals have any real plan to hold our tri-partite government accountable, which means our fortunes get more dire as the days grow longer.

    Just a few of the signals include:

    Massive debt and the antithetical responses to it that will hold us in chains for decades. Two trillion dollar energy taxation based on a flawed premise, one trillion-dollar healthcare to be bought on the backs of people who work for a living, and the never-ending war that saps our strength and capital. Are those folks in Afghanistan really a threat? Over $12T in debt and counting… with another so-called stimulus package on the way. Let’s hope it is not the net negative the last one has proven to be.

    And then how about a few current headlines:

    Jobs Data Bode Ill for the Future

    Calls grow to supplant dollar as global currency

    US lurching towards ‘debt explosion’ with long-term interest rates on course to double

    Bank Holiday set for August/September 2009

    Billionaire Madoff tied to intelligence agencies

    Holder Admits: No Equality under Hate Bill


    Foreign Troops To Patrol Your Neighborhood – Thanks to FEMA

    Rep Hastings submits bill to establish civilian internment camps

    Flu Vaccine will be DNA based

    Government POISONS US SOLDIERS with FLU Vaccination

    And on it goes… stranger and stranger with every passing day. Will there be no accountability?

    Does anybody even care?

  10. woody188

    It’s not surprising more people describe themselves as conservative. But I don’t think it’s the people that have changed. Rather the definition of what it means to be conservative is evolving to include things like belief in Constitutional law, property rights, and the importance of balance of power in a constitutional republic.

  11. JerryG

    It should come as no surprise! Don’t blame the GOP! Don’t blame right wing TV or radio! That’s an insult to those of us who are intelligent enough and politically savvy enough to draw our own conclusions. I for one candidly put it square on the shoulders of President Obama! Here’s my partial laundry list as to why, in no particular order:

    – Over zealous bailouts without meaningful oversight
    – Cramming health care reform
    – Cramming global warming reform
    – Breaking campaign promises vis-a-vis Iraq
    – Breaking campaign promises vis-a-vis signing statements
    – Failure to distinguish himself as a “reformer”

    I also blame Congress because that institution has failed the American people. That, however, is a discussion for another day.

    The simple fact is we are in a recession. There is no evidence whatsoever, at the moment, that the economic road map President Obama has put forth will be successful. Therefore, heaping additional spending and taxes in the guise of global warming legislation and health care is unwise.

    The leadership team of President Obama has failed to address the single most pressing and dangerous issue that faces this country – how the Treasury is going to recoup revenue to pay down the deficit and eventually the national debt, both of which have increased mountainously under his watch irrespective of him inheriting a nasty economy!

    I keep telling myself “Jerry, it’s only been about 7 months give him a chance”. Yet, the chance I’m willing to give him has to first and foremost bear witness to significantly more fiscal restraint.