A new Gallup poll shows that in all 50 states there are more people who call themselves conservatives than liberals. The one exception is DC (which of course is not a State).
In some states the lead is very small (HI (+5), VT (+1) and MA (+1)) but still the results are pretty surprising. California, for example, has 36% of Conservatives compared to 26% of Liberals.
These results tell me a few things:
– Republicans must be really incompetent
– Conservative Democrats are a very important (and under reported) group
– All Media (including Gallup, which titled this poll “Political Ideology: “Conservative” Label Prevails in the South” !) is completely out of touch with the reality. The general sense you get when you read the press, or watch TV or movies, is that the large majority is Liberal.
Now even better is this poll (from June) that shows that even within the current groups, people say their political views in recent years have become more conservative rather than more liberal, 39% to 18%, with 42% saying they have not changed.
There’s still real hope.