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Left of Center

By Tyler S. Clark (Contact)


Published November 25, 2008

Since the election, a debate has begun over what its significance really is. Have we shifted as a nation, or are we as Bill Kristol says, "still a center-right country?" Though only 22% of the country self-identifies as "liberal" versus 34% as "conservative," the 44% who call themselves "moderate" are the sticking point. With the exception of the 1994 election, a Democrat president has been elected by a national majority for the last four elections (one of which was overruled by the Supreme Court).

Looking at an election-eve poll by Democracy Corps and beyond the labels, we can see where voters fell on the issues: moderates said our national security depends on building strong ties with other nations rather than on our own military strength by 63 to 31. This aligns with liberals' 76-20 percent and runs counter to conservatives' 51-43 lean.

Though conservatives would rather stay in Iraq longer (66-33), liberals (92-7) and moderates (64-33) both want out. Moderates and liberals both see a benefit to government regulation, by 60-36 and 75-18, respectively. Conservatives, meanwhile, stick to the deregulation that allowed our current mess to fester, by 52-44.

Social issues? All except conservatives (63-31) say homosexuality should be accepted by society. Liberals weigh in at 82-17 and moderates at 61-28. The numbers go on...

The point? Lining up America by position, not label, and it's clear the only debate is when we really were a center-right nation.

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1lucy(123 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

I agree. Forget the labels. What is clear from these numbers is that we agree in more ways than we disagree. Thanks for the timely call to focus on our commonalities instead of our differences. Enjoy the sunnier climes!

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2Tugboat(759 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

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