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The Resilient Conservative Majority (If Conservatives Outnumber Liberals, Why Do the Libs Succeed?)
American Thinker ^ | 02/13/2013 | Bruce Walker

Posted on 02/12/2013 6:49:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Gallup had a poll recentlypublished a poll which shows that at the end of 2012, self-identified conservatives still outnumbered liberals in every state of the nation except for two -- Rhode Island has fewer conservatives (27.8%) than liberals (28.3% liberal), as does Massachusetts (28.3% to 30.5%). Gallup curiously does not play up the ideological gap. Instead, the February 1, 2013 article title given by Gallup was "Alabama, North Dakota, Wyoming Most Conservative States. Americans slightly less conservative, slightly more liberal[.]"

This apparent interest in hiding the conservative advantage in America is pervasive; the Gallup Polls invariably have titles to news stories which would cause no one to get curious. The Gallup Poll data twelve months earlier showed the same dramatic conservative advantage. So did the February 2011 Gallup Poll, entitled "Mississppi rates as Most Conservative US State." The August 2010 Gallup Poll tells us that "Wyoming, Mississippi, Utah rank as Most Conservative States." The February 2010 Gallup Poll reads, "Ideology: Three Deep South States Most Conservative." Gallup in August 2009 featured the headline "Political Ideology: 'Conservative' Label Prevails in South[.]"

A closer look at Gallup's polling results shows something startling. In February 2012, Gallup reported that conservatives outnumbered liberals in every state but Massachusetts. In February 2011, Gallup polling results showed that conservatives outnumbered liberals in every single state. The August 2010 results showed that conservatives outnumber liberals in every state but Rhode Island. In August 2009, Gallup polls showed that conservatives outnumbered liberals in every single state. The February 2009 poll showed conservatives outnumbering liberals in every state of the union.

The Battleground Poll, perhaps the most respected bipartisan poll, has also consistently shown that conservatives dramatically outnumber liberals in America.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: conservatism; liberalism
NOTE:

Even in December 2012, after Obama had won re-election, Question D3 of that poll showed Americans identifying themselves thus: "Very Conservative" (20%), "Somewhat Conservative" (39%), "Moderate" (2%), "Somewhat Liberal" (24%), "Very Liberal" (12%), and "Unsure" (3%).

So, why don't conservative politicians win?

1 posted on 02/12/2013 6:49:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Because the dead don’t participate in polls.


2 posted on 02/12/2013 6:55:30 AM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Talk to the secretly liberal wives and sweeties who would never tell their conservative husbands that they voted for the other guy....”Oh it would just make him so upset...”!

Government bennies and college money is just too tempting for otherwise morally conservative women who see such things as benefitting their families and children. It’s a “nesting instinct”...”guys just wouldn’t understand”....!


3 posted on 02/12/2013 6:56:08 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Rest assured, Mankind is loved....both completely and severely!)
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To: SeekAndFind

close to 100% of the media is controlled by the leftists

conservatives don’t win because people do not ever hear what the issues and positions actually are.


4 posted on 02/12/2013 6:58:44 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Terrible article.

The real reason is that many of the self-identified “conservatives” would be savaged as RINOs if they posted on FR.


5 posted on 02/12/2013 6:59:41 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: SeekAndFind

Because the Dems have the State run Media on their side and both of them cheat. 1 + 1 = 2.


6 posted on 02/12/2013 7:00:09 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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To: SeekAndFind
So, why don't conservative politicians win?

Actually, they do win quite a bit. We lost the presidency because we had a poor candidate and many conservatives sat out the election. But we retained control of the House and hold a substantial majority of state offices (gubernatorial and legislatures) across the nation.

Even amidst the carnage and disaster of the last election, some good Senators were elected -- like Ted Cruz (and easily).

7 posted on 02/12/2013 7:00:31 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well the liberal control many of the important offices in the country. Democrats were busy taking over local governments and implementing progressive agendas- while Republicans and Conservatives were being lazy, and going along to get along.

Also- voter fraud.

Also a Chicago Democratic vote making machine.

Also- the GOP elite, which is just as corrupt, has led people into the need to be “cool and hip” and vote for democrats.


8 posted on 02/12/2013 7:02:26 AM PST by Truth2012
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To: SeekAndFind; Yosemitest; butterdezillion; LucyT; smoothsailing; RitaOK; All

” - - - Why, then, do liberals have so much political success? - - - “

Because the GOP Elites endorse the most left-wing registered Republican that wants to lose to a Counterculture Democrat/Socialist.

Karl “Turd Blossom” Rove is already drumming up support to pay the next left-wing Republican Candidate to lose, lose, lose as a fake “Conservative.”

BTW, does anyone know what, if anything, Rove has EVER tried to actually CONSERVE? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm?????????????????

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/02/the_resilient_conservative_majority.html#ixzz2KhErzHhz
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9 posted on 02/12/2013 7:04:17 AM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Cincinatus

RE: Actually, they do win quite a bit.

Well, let me count the loses ...

Connie Mack and Allen West in Florida.

Mia Love in Utah.

Richard Murdock in Indiana.

Michelle Bachmann just won by the skin of her teeth.

It’s looking like most conservatives stayed home in 2012.


10 posted on 02/12/2013 7:06:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“So, why don’t conservative politicians win?”

Because liberals cheat.


11 posted on 02/12/2013 7:10:09 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Taking away guns will do nothing to stop violence.)
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To: GeronL

“close to 100% of the media is controlled by the leftists”

Absolutely correct. When you control the message, you control a significant portion of the vote. It doesn’t even have to be a big percentage. If 3% of voters switch their vote, a 51 - 48% ‘drubbing’ becomes a 51 - 48% win. If we won by that margin we’d be talking about how liberalism was rejected. Instead, we are talking about how the nation is dead. It’s not, at least not yet, and we can put this back together.

The democrat secret is putting ‘pieces’ together. A certain percentage of women, a certain percentage of the youth vote, a certain percentage of the casual voters who get their news from MSM outlets and who don’t research the issues, a certain percentage of the elderly that have been scared about the loss of Medicare etc.. Add those to the loyal minority vote, the union vote, and the public employee vote, and you have a winning coalition. This is what they depend on, which is why they fight so hard to discredit anyone who might pull significantly from any of their key demographics (e.g. any women candidate, and any minority candidate).

The bottom line is that they are very vulnerable, but the strategy has to be correct, and it has to be aggressive. We need to find ways to split their coalition, and make them play defense.


12 posted on 02/12/2013 7:12:53 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: GeronL

“close to 100% of the media is controlled by the leftists”

Absolutely correct. When you control the message, you control a significant portion of the vote. It doesn’t even have to be a big percentage. If 3% of voters switch their vote, a 51 - 48% ‘drubbing’ becomes a 51 - 48% win. If we won by that margin we’d be talking about how liberalism was rejected. Instead, we are talking about how the nation is dead. It’s not, at least not yet, and we can put this back together.

The democrat secret is putting ‘pieces’ together. A certain percentage of women, a certain percentage of the youth vote, a certain percentage of the casual voters who get their news from MSM outlets and who don’t research the issues, a certain percentage of the elderly that have been scared about the loss of Medicare etc.. Add those to the loyal minority vote, the union vote, and the public employee vote, and you have a winning coalition. This is what they depend on, which is why they fight so hard to discredit anyone who might pull significantly from any of their key demographics (e.g. any women candidate, and any minority candidate).

The bottom line is that they are very vulnerable, but the strategy has to be correct, and it has to be aggressive. We need to find ways to split their coalition, and make them play defense.


13 posted on 02/12/2013 7:12:54 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

The problem is that there is no conservative TV media in this country at all. There never will be either.

Even if someone spent a billion dollars to start a cable network, none of the cable and satellite companies would withstand the leftist onslaught to keep them off the air.

If Glenn Beck or someone had bought Current-TV, sure the ratings might have shot through the roof, but the cable and satellite companies would probably drop it, advertisers would be afraid to touch it.


14 posted on 02/12/2013 7:19:32 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Strategerist

Is that the sound of a nail being hit solidly on the head? Why, yes it is.


15 posted on 02/12/2013 7:25:10 AM PST by Natufian (t)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rush said yesterday that these things are cyclical and there will be a Conservative comeback. But, quote,....”it may not be in my lifetime”.

It’s as close to telling us time to PANIC as I’ve heard him come.


16 posted on 02/12/2013 7:27:53 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Variety of reasons..

- Left gets 110%+ turnout in districts that are 60%+ leftist
- Media will always ignore leftist scandals/corruption
- Left will bully the weak and uninformed with fear or guilt
- Leftists will go the extra mile and protest in your face to get attention, conservatives do not
- Left will accept foreign money to finance campaigns
- Many “conservatives” in polls are of the fiscal conservative/social liberal type, so they split their support
- Conservatives have no voice in national politics, so they stay home
- Republicans see conservatives as the reason for their losses
- Conservatives tolerate being beaten into submission while leftists scream and yell when a conservative simply looks at them.
- The fiscal conservative/social liberal crowd thinks nationalism is evil, so they willingly accept anti-American views to show they are tolerant

etc.


17 posted on 02/12/2013 7:46:49 AM PST by Axamari
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The only thing that can save conservatives is making a national statement. Something like a general worker strike, nationwide, where all conservatives simply stay home because they are nonexistent to the current government would be a start. Getting Republicans to skip the SOTU would also be a big statement. Conservatives need to learn the importance of symbolism over substance. That’s the only thing low info voters care about.


18 posted on 02/12/2013 7:48:00 AM PST by Axamari
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a center-left country.

People may say they lead conservative lives but they still want and love Big Government.


19 posted on 02/12/2013 8:18:00 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Axamari

Americans are nominal conservatives but are in practice are operational liberals.

There is no penalty in voting yourself more benefits. And the Democrats profit handsomely from the status quo.


20 posted on 02/12/2013 8:23:10 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: GeronL
close to 100% of the media is controlled by the leftists

Media hubs the world over are based in major cities with most workers living within an hour commute range. High density living manufactures leftists out of any demographic. As cities grow to the size that everything within commute range is high-density it becomes impossible to hire a politically balanced staff to match the general population. However the internet changes everything. Media hubs can now spawn mini-hubs anywhere. They can now follow the white flight out of the high crime cities and gain a competitive cost advantage.

21 posted on 02/12/2013 8:25:05 AM PST by Reeses
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To: SeekAndFind

Libs cheat.


22 posted on 02/12/2013 8:26:27 AM PST by jersey117
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberals win because they are the ones counting the votes.


23 posted on 02/12/2013 8:37:31 AM PST by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Wordkraft

RE: Liberals win because they are the ones counting the votes.

I guess the solution is for conservatives to count the votes. How do we make that possible?


24 posted on 02/12/2013 8:38:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: jersey117

RE: Libs cheat.

So how do conservatives prevent them from cheating?


25 posted on 02/12/2013 8:40:08 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: GeronL

Conservatives inherently don’t seek power to control others.
Leftists do.

They’re inherently more aggressive, and that’s why they are winning.


26 posted on 02/12/2013 8:40:18 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: goldstategop

RE: People may say they lead conservative lives but they still want and love Big Government.

So, you’re saying that most people surveyed either:

1) LIE to the pollsters.

2) Don’t know the meaning of the word — Conservative?


27 posted on 02/12/2013 8:41:37 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

> If Conservatives Outnumber Liberals, Why Do the Libs Succeed?

Conservatives get 1 vote, liberals vote as often as needed and all the dead vote liberal.


28 posted on 02/12/2013 8:43:08 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Your only guarantee of Free Speech is the Gun in your hand.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think that Romney should have challenged the 100% + rat turn out districts. They can’t prevent it if they sit by and let panthers throw out poll watchers.


29 posted on 02/12/2013 8:56:35 AM PST by jersey117
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To: goldstategop
This is a center-left country.
People may say they lead conservative lives but they still want and love Big Government.


Sadly, you are right. The most irritating point about life in Pittsburgh has gone national. Most people around here live their lives as "small c" conservatives (pro-life, hard working, church attending, gun owning, take care of family and home, traditional values, etc.)

Yet they are always eager to embrace bigger government to butter their slice of the bread or to "make things fair for da WORKIN' MAN!"


30 posted on 02/12/2013 9:37:50 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Natufian

Also, too many “moderates” don’t have the guts to admit that they’re liberal.


31 posted on 02/12/2013 11:02:40 AM PST by princeofdarkness (The GOP is the present version of 1940 France and it will only get worse.)
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To: Strategerist

One thing about Liberals - they always want to tell everyone else about how everyone is a Liberal, rather than discuss right and wrong, or the efficacy of policies, or why our economy is on track to collapse ([cough]Leftism).

Ideology is maleable. Liberals get mugged, and every so often, somebody like Reagan comes along and aggresively dengrates leftism and in both cases, the populace trends right. Conversely, when idiots in our party avoid confrontation and try to play nice to appeal to leftists, they push the electorate left. You don’t just fight on this battlefield - you mold it by your actions and your rhetoric. The populace are lemmings, if nothing else. Four more years of Obama should prove that to anyone. You don’t lead Lemmings from behind, or gently ask them to go in a direction. Anybody who doesn’t get that shouldn’t be involved in any leadership aspect of the movement.

But by all means, keep telling us to be nicer to our Liberal brethren, so the lemmings will want to like them too. Reasonable idiocy is quite fashionable these days, and Liberals do so approve of that.


32 posted on 02/12/2013 11:13:57 AM PST by AnonymousConservative (Why did Liberals evolve within our species? www.anonymousconservative.com)
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