Compassionate Conservatives?

August 9th, 2007at 10:25pm Posted by Eli

The ONE Campaign offers up some very intriguing survey results:

*Nearly all Democrats (97%) and 70% of Republicans agree that America’s standing has suffered in recent years. In addition to a strong military, Democrats (91%) and Republicans (78%) agree that the United States also needs to improve diplomatic relations by doing more to help improve health, education and opportunities in the poorest countries around the world. Both Democrats (81%) and Republicans alike (70%) agree that reducing poverty, treating preventable diseases and improving education in poor countries around the world will help make the world safer and the United States more secure.

*Democrats and Republicans agree that America has a moral obligation as a compassionate nation to help the world’s poorest people through foreign assistance. More than nine in ten Democrats (93%) and 84% of Republicans agree that when millions of children around the world are dying from preventable diseases and hunger, we have a moral obligation to do what we can to help. Similarly, Democrats (90%) and Republicans (85%) agree that it is in keeping with the country’s values and our history of compassion to lead an effort to solve some of the most serious problems facing the world’s poorest people.

*When it comes to addressing these issues, Democrats (86%) and Republicans (67%) agree that it is important for Presidential candidates to discuss their plans for addressing global hunger and poverty issues in this campaign. Additionally, eight in ten Democrats (81%) and Republicans (80%) agree that the next president should keep the commitments made by President Bush to prevent and fight the spread of AIDS in Africa.

And here I thought it was all Republicans who hated poor people and foreign people, but apparently it’s just their political leadership. Maybe conservative Christians really have read the New Testament (Dobson, Perkins, et al. excepted, of course).

On the other hand, roughly 70% of Americans want us out of Iraq, and yet that somehow never gets translated into enough political will to get it done. I guess 70% of the voters isn’t enough to get you elected anymore.

Entry Filed under: Polls,Republicans


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