Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

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)

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.