Who Knew?

2 comments June 13th, 2007at 06:27pm Posted by Eli

Apparently, non-Republicans are Americans too:

Conventional wisdom says that the American public is fundamentally conservative – hostile to government, in favor of unregulated markets, at peace with inequality, wanting a foreign policy based on the projection of military power, and traditional in its social values.

But as this report demonstrates, that picture is fundamentally false. Media perceptions and past Republican electoral successes notwithstanding, Americans are progressive across a wide range of controversial issues, and they’re growing more progressive all the time.

This report gathers together years of public opinion data from unimpeachably nonpartisan sources to show that on issue after issue, the majority of Americans hold progressive positions. And this is true not only of specific policy proposals, but of the fundamental perspectives and approaches that Americans bring to bear on issues.

Nor is the progressive majority merely a product of the current political moment. On a broad array of issues, particularly social issues, American opinion has grown more and more progressive over the past few decades. In contrast, it is difficult to find an issue on which the public has grown steadily more conservative over the last 10, 20, or 30 years.

Whenever the media claim to describe the opinions of mainstream American voters, they almost invariably end up describing the opinions of mainstream Republican voters instead. It’s like the rest of us simply don’t exist.

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Polls


  • 1. whig  |  June 15th, 2007 at 4:21 am

    Think of it this way, Eli. The corporations are selling product to people who have money. People who don’t have money don’t matter to the corporations unless they can be turned into workers. If you aren’t rich and you won’t work for them, go to hell and you die.

    Which brings up Africa and how pharmaceuticals get tested on humans…

  • 2. Ruth  |  June 15th, 2007 at 6:42 am

    It’s been the Republican vote drive that tries to alienate people from each other, that seems to have gotten the media’s attention. I ran across and item by a former Klan member that had so many of the anti-poor and anti-diversity themes he had picked up there, it was like RNC literature. Sad.

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