Conservatives outnumber liberals in nearly every state according to a Gallup Poll released on August 14th..
Everywhere except Washington, D.C. (no surprise there).
The bottom line according to Gallup:
Despite the Democratic Party’s political strength — seen in its majority representation in Congress and in state houses across the country — more Americans consider themselves conservative than liberal. While Gallup polling has found this to be true at the national level over many years, and spanning recent Republican as well as Democratic presidential administrations, the present analysis confirms that the pattern also largely holds at the state level. Conservatives outnumber liberals by statistically significant margins in 47 of the 50 states, with the two groups statistically tied in Hawaii, Vermont, and Massachusetts.
This again is confirmation of the primary reason why Republicans lost in 2006 & 2008 – they left their principles of fiscal discipline and small government. We saw a shift in moderates. There is great opportunity here for the GOP, with the health care debate and increasing government spending those moderates could end up switching back.
Those who hold the “drop the prolife agenda” meme in my party needs to remember that the United States has a prolife majority. So dropping that from the platform won’t be a winner either. Regaining the fiscal conservative street cred will.
So who’s really the fringe group?