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Polls Show Discontent With GOP Congress, Rising Liberalism — And Shifting Memories On Iraq

Polls Show Discontent With GOP Congress, Rising Liberalism — And Shifting Memories On Iraq

Pew Research finds that nobody likes Republican leaders in Congress — not even Republicans. And the numbers have been getting slightly worse since February. Democratic leaders are also underwater, but at least they get a positive rating from their own partisans.

A new set of numbers from Gallup shows an amazing development on cultural issues: Self-identified social liberals now match the number of self-identified social conservatives, for the first time since Gallup began tracking this in 1999.

However, on economic issues the number of self-identified conservatives still grows higher than that of liberals.

Ed Kilgore writes: “So whatever else this means, it means the temptation for Democrats to carve out some sort of “economic liberal/social conservative” position, which was very strong in the 1980s and 1990s in some culturally conservative areas of the country (typically those with a lot of white working-class voters who retained enough union influence to keep them from defecting to the GOP entirely), has now pretty much vanished.”

But a word of caution: Polls are simply a snapshot of where anything is at a moment in time — as a new YouGov poll reminds us. It found that while support for the Iraq War was overwhelming back in 2003, nowadays a lot of people are saying that they opposed it back then.

Photo: Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meet at the U.S. Capitol
January 7, 2015. (Official Photo by Caleb Smith; Speaker Boehner/Flickr)

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  • Eleanore Whitaker

    And now the Bulls of the right will all get their juices flowing and feast at the table of denial. Their conservatism causes poverty, misery, deprivation and suffering and then they expect us to pay for more of this? BS to that.

  • amersham46

    Clowns to the left of me ,,,, jokers to the right ,,,,, stuck in the middle with a single vote

  • Stuart

    Does anyone trust the polls any more, after last year in the U.S. and this year in Britain?