The day before the election, I wrote that a win by Barack Obama and the Democrats would represent a progressive victory. I also predicted that conservatives would try to downplay that victory by making absurd, baseless claims that America was still, somehow, a conservative country.
And what do you know, I was right.
Even though a progressive Democrat running on a progressive platform won the Presidency in a landslide, and even though the Democratic caucuses in the House and Senate added a significant number of new members (with a few races still outstanding), conservatives are still claiming–with no real evidence–that America is a conservative country (you’d think that if they had such an intrinsic understanding of America they’d be able to win an election).
Well, not really:
In the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Tuesday, 59 percent of those questioned said Democratic control of both the executive and legislative branches will be good for the country, compared with 38 percent saying such one-party control will be bad.
The poll also indicates that the public has a positive view of the Democratic Party, with 62 percent saying they have a favorable opinion and 31 percent an unfavorable opinion of the party. For the Republicans, a majority, 54 percent, said they have an unfavorable view of the GOP while 38 percent hold a positive view.
Yup–overwhelming majorities of the American people both like the Democratic Party (far more than the Republican Party) and think that Democrats controlling the federal government will be good for America.
And as I pointed out before, 51% of voters think the federal government should do more to solve people’s problems; 58% feel the distribution of wealth in America is unfair and that wealth should be more evenly distributed; and only 8% of voters based their decision in the election solely on conservative hot-button issues like abortion, guns and gay marriage.
Yeah, polls are imperfect. But in the face of all this evidence, how is America a conservative country, again?