Gallup: More voters see Dems as “too liberal”

Posted on July 1, 2009

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According to another snapshot poll put out by Gallup, voters are increasingly seen as “too liberal,” jumping seven percentage points from 39% to 46%. In contrast, 43% of voters believe the Republicans are “too conservative,” although the percentage of voters thinking the party is “about right” favors the Democrats, 42% to 34%. Here are graphs put out by Gallup that show trends for the two parties:

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The key here is the short-term trend for both parties. Just one year ago, 50% of voters thought the Dems had it just right, to 39% thinking they were too liberal. The 8-point shift over the span of 12 months is a direct result of the Democrats, in control of both Houses of Congress and the Presidency, spending with reckless abandon and ramming through a liberal agenda as quickly as possible with as little consultation and compromise with the right and the center as possible. If cap and trade passes, and if “public option” health care continues to be pushed for, you can bet the gap between “just right” and “too liberal” will widen.

The study isn’t all roses for Republicans, though. Democrats still hold the advantage on “just right,” but this may be due to the Republicans thus far not strongly pushing an alternative, which they will probably do as 2010 approaches. The “too conservative” percentage in part reflects the push to define the GOP as throwing out “moderates” like Colin Powell (who voted for Barack Obama despite the most moderate Republican nominee in recent history) and Arlen Specter (who switched to the Democratic party out of pure political survivalism).

The truth remains that no one is throwing moderates out of the party; indeed, there is an increase in the percentage who view the GOP as “too liberal,” showing that the party really isn’t moving farther right, but certain individuals are moving left. In addition, as the bills for the deficit spending come due, and as the massive increase in government bureaucracy fails to produce meaningful and lasting improvement, voters will be more receptive to economic conservatism, especially when taxes are inevitably raised to pay for all the spending, and the “too conservative” gap will come down.

Voters aren’t happy about the stimulus, they’re not happy about the budget deficits, and they’re wary of cap-and-trade and public option health care. The danger illustrated belongs to the Democrats, who ought to moderate their agenda to alleviate concerns. But spurred on by the President, they’ll stick to the same questionable reckless spending policies that are becoming increasingly unpalatable to the American public. The question will be whether the Republicans can mount a viable and attractive alternative to that mess.

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