polls: there are more conservatives then liberals, moderates; voters trust republicans more then dems

polls: there are more conservatives then liberals, moderates; voters trust republicans more then dems

even as the dems continue to try to ram through their feckless public option, and barack obama declares an h1n1 ‘national emergency’, both gallup and rasmussen polls are showing gaining support for conservative republican policies and ideas.

first this according to the very non-conservative gallup.

“Conservatives continue to outnumber moderates and liberals in the American populace in 2009, confirming a finding that Gallup first noted in June. Forty percent of Americans describe their political views as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 20% as liberal. This marks a shift from 2005 through 2008, when moderates were tied with conservatives as the most prevalent group.”

and this news from rasmussen that for the first time in recent years, voters trust republicans more than democrats on all the top 10 key electoral issues regularly tracked. the gop holds double-digit advantages on five of them.

“Republicans have nearly doubled their lead over democrats on economic issues to 49% to 35%, after leading by eight points in September.

The GOP also holds a 54% to 31% advantage on national security issues and a 50% to 31% lead on the handling of the war in Iraq.”

most notably i think, voters’ trust of republicans over democrats extends even to health care – giving the edge to republicans 46% to 40%. are you listening congress?

there are more of us then them. so, the next time you’re reading polls, keep your eyes peeled for those that heavily-slant using significant under-samples of (R)’s and over-samples of (D)’s.

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  • Paul says:

    These are interesting but I think they are just symptomatic of people unhappy with the President’s indecision on the health care public option and on Afghanistan. Sometimes its better to act swiftly and confidently even if it’s wrong then to give the appearance of indecisiveness.

  • PenniePan says:

    “Polls mean nothing.”

    If I remember correctly, that’s what you neocons said for the last 8 years. HA!

  • Ginny's_Mom says:

    Actually Pennie, polls mean a lot to the people who benefit from them. If I remember correctly, you benefitted a lot for many years and made us all perfectly aware of it.

  • Pauline says:

    You people are sickening. These so-called polls really do mean nothing. You are desperate and will take anything as gospel for the way the country thinks. You are wrong though. The country still wants a public option that meets the healthcare needs of all Americans. Get your heads out of your collective rightwing asses and think of someone else for a change.

  • Marsha says:

    Hey Pauline. A trend in polls mean a lot. These polls go back to mid-summer. Read them and weep.

  • Ken says:

    “Sometimes its better to act swiftly and confidently even if it’s wrong then to give the appearance of indecisiveness.”

    Well said, Paul, and I agree with you. If Obama thinks Afghanistan is lost then pull the troops out. I wouldn’t agree with it, but at least I would respect that he’s made a decision.

    Pauline, you are the quintessential left wing liberal. Damn what people THINK they want, YOU know better, right? People DON’T want a public option and that hasn’t changed since the health care debate began.

    Never let the facts get in the way of your argument, Pauline. You’re truly liberal to the core. Be proud.

  • BikerDan says:

    There is no national emergency over the Pig Flu. They are playing on fears because 100 kids have died. Hell, over 35,000 die every year from the regular flu and the H1N1 is suppose to be less severe. Obama just needed cover so he could do some shenanigans over HCR.

  • Rope says:

    Come on guys, you know the polls only mean something when they are favorable to big o’s administration. Amazing how that works isn’t it.

  • micky says:

    The polls have been on a consistent favor with conservatives not just recently, but since the 2 nd or 3rd month of Obamas term. You guys can dismiss the polls all you want. They may be off a bit in their individual weekly or monthly presentations. But the fact is that for months in a row now the “trend” has been towards conservatism.

    Obama can claim its a national emergency all he wants. Just makes it look like hes paying attention.
    It does us no good if theres no vaccine.

    Failure at everything he touches.

  • David says:

    Pauline said, “…think of someone else for a change.”
    We are thinking of someone else, Pauline:

    We’re thinking of the Founders and their vision for this nation… (i.e. not some communist cluster**** of communes & workers & pulling down the successful)

    We’re thinking of all of the Americans who’s taxes will go up…. (yes, this means YOU too)

    We’re thinking of all the children upon who’s shoulders this spending will be placed…

    We’re thinking of the millions (yes, millions) who will STILL BE UNCOVERED under the plans being considered…

    We’re thinking of those who will suffer because they’re “covered” under this giant government boondoggle, but who have to wait and wait a LOT more than before, before they actually receive care…

    We’re thinking about those who’s care turns out to be SUBSTANDARD because of the rationing of care that will be necessary…

    We’re thinking about those who’s care will BECOME substandard because the doctors will be disrespected & underpaid by this bureaucratic nightmare of a plan…. (not that doctors are unprofessional – but if you change the rules sigificantly, it will play out differently)

    We’re thinking of the millions and millions that will be eventually FORCED to go onto the Public “Option” because it will kill the Private insurance… Oh yes, remember what Rep Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), said on April 18, 2009 that “…next to me was a guy from the insurance company who then argued against the public health insurance option, saying it wouldn’t let private insurance compete, that a public option will put the private insurance industry out of business. He was right. The man was right.” This from the very mouths of the DEMS in Congress.

    We’re thinking about all of these people & principals, Pauline.

  • David says:

    Oh! and also:

    We’re thinking about millions of U.S. citizens which this health care legislation TAX and money grab would go into effect upon even though the program itself wouldn’t kick in until AFTER the next election!! In 2013. Right after OBAMA would presumably be running for to attempt be re-elected!!

    (Nothing like planning to have the effects of this catastrophe not affect the electorate until after you’ve had your chance to get elected again… Sheesh)

  • lisab says:

    actually the pelosi dems are trying to change the date obamacare kicks in to 2010

    of course that will greatly increase costs

    but the cbo calculated costs based on 2013, so those will be the published predicted costs

  • David says:

    I presume you agree with all of the other points in my post, then, lisab?

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