Why Less Americans Are Now Liberal

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Gallup polls suggest fewer Americans identify as ‘liberal’

The Grind

Fewer Americans identify as ‘liberal’ than in years past, reports Gallup.

Data collected by 21 telephone surveys conducted in 2019 suggest 37% of Americans identify as politically conservative, 35% as moderate, and 24% as liberal.

Compared to 2018, these figures represent a 2-point increase for conservatives and a 2-point decrease for liberals – a trend we haven’t seen since 2011 when the Tea Party enjoyed a burst of support.

“The change is modest but bears watching,” notes The Wall Street Journal. “It could be a blip on the way to a center-left America or the beginning of the end of a generational leftward drift that accelerated under Barack Obama’s presidency.”

The Details

As expected, the surveys also suggested more ideological diversity among Democrats than Republicans:

Among Republicans, 73% of survey respondents described themselves as conservative, 21% as moderate, and just 4% as liberal.

Among Democrats, 14% of respondents described themselves as
as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 49% as liberal.

The 49% figure represents a decrease from 2018, when 51% of Democrats identified as liberal. Move back to 1994 and that figure drops to 25%.

Among Independent respondents, 30% described themselves as conservative, 45% as moderate, and 21% as liberal.

In addition to Obama, this ideological shift is likely related to Trump’s presidency as well as the rise of Democratic socialists like Bernie Sanders. Are voters running towards something or away?



It’s About Time

The Headline

House moves to send articles of impeachment to Senate

The Grind

On December 18th, 2019, the House approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump – one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress.

The first article is tied to Trump’s suggestion that Ukraine investigate Joe Biden and the second is related to Trump’s refusal to cooperate with the congressional investigation into the issue.

When the articles were approved, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she wouldn’t send the articles to the Senate until she was briefed on the specifics of the trial process.

Essentially, she stalled in an attempt to win procedural concessions from the Senate (including a pretrial witness list). And she wants to know the Senate’s plans in order to appoint the best team of lawmakers to act as prosecutors during the case.

The Details

On Friday, Pelosi announced the House would move to send the articles to the Senate despite McConnell’s unwillingness to cooperate with her demands.

The vote is expected to occur early this week, meaning the Senate trial could begin as early as Wednesday.

For the Senate trial, McConnell says he plans to follow the standard rules used in the 1999 impeachment trial concerning President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. As Trump is expected to do, Clinton survived the Senate trial after he was impeached by the House.

According to the rules, Senate lawmakers will hold a vote on the resolution laying out the trial and a second vote on whether to call in new witnesses (something McConnell does not want to do).

Throwing a wrench in the process is former National Security Adviser John Bolton, a first-hand witness who recently said he would obey a subpoena to testify. The statement prompted Mitt Romney (R-UT) and other GOP lawmakers to call for his testimony.

Democrats in the upper chamber need only four Republican votes to secure the ability to call new witnesses. Trump says he will block Bolton from testifying.

“I think that the American people have been very fair about saying, yes, we do want to see witnesses,” said Pelosi. “That wasn’t part of the discussion three weeks ago. It is now.”

Another issue for some lawmakers is the requirement that all Senate members participate in the trial, which will occur six days a week once it begins and could drag on for a month or longer. The timing is particularly inconvenient for the five Democratic Senators running for president, who will participate in a primary debate on January 14th. The Iowa causes begin on February 3rd

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