x Liberal America
Are Americans
More Liberal, or Conservative ?
[  http://Great-Liberal-Insights.Org/liberalamerica.html ]

Experts who see polling results like the ones in these charts are not impressed because the concepts of "liberal" vs. "conservative" are vague to begin with, and there's been a very extensive campaign in this country to portray the "L" word as evil and "conservative" as good and right.

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What you find when you look beyond this poll to more telling evidence, is that many people who view themselves as "conservative" are actually more liberal than conservative on many of the controversial issues of our times, as we'll show below.

On the one hand, America's media isn't as liberal as conservatives would have you believe. And on the other, solid documentation now shows that people in these USA are not as conservative as the "liberal media" would have you believe.
        Many people, including many liberals, have been led to believe by that oh so "liberal" media that Americans have become more conservative than liberal in recent years. While this may well be true in some areas of the country, some recent solid research now reveals that this is definitely not true of the United States as a whole. While it may also be true that people are more conservative than liberal on some issues, in their over all outlook on life the facts show that, despite what the conservative commentators who dominate the media have been leading us to believe, Americans are already more liberal than conservative over all, and they are becoming more and more so as time goes on.

  • Thankfully for our country Americans were more liberal than conservative before America won its war of independence against the British, when the country's liberals persuaded the majority of the country to side with them against the conservative "loyalists" of that time who wanted Americans to continue to be the subjects of the British crown.
  • Sadly for our country, as great as our U.S. Constitution has proven to be, it would have been even better if the Southern conservatives had not forced the liberal Americans of the rest of the country into a compromise that denied black Americans and all of the women of the country the equality that our Declaration of Independence made clear that all Americans should have.
  • Sadly for our country, having failed to establish the country on the right footing in the Constitution, the conservatives of the South forced the country into a Civil War in which the South suffered much more than the North. The liberals won the war, but at a terrible price.
  • Sadly for our country, although America's conservatives were then prevented from perpetuating their domination over African Americans in the form of slavery, they used every means possible to keep black people as close to human slavery as possible, through Jim Crow laws, terrorism, segregation, separate public education, employment and housing discrimination, etc., etc.
  • Thankfully for our country Americans were more liberal than conservative through most of the 20th century. Although America's conservatives did everything they could to prevent liberals from improving the lives of Americans while at work, liberals won the day and succeeded in enacting the Works Progress Administration, Unemployment Relief Act, National Labor Relations Act, Fair Labor Standards Act (min.wage & max. hour laws),and the President Roosevelt's Executive Order 8802 created the Fair Employment Practices Committee, to, banning racial discrimination in defense industries or government because of race, creed, color, or national origin during the administrations, Equal Pay (for women) legislation, Coal Mine Health and Safety Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act.
  • Although America's conservatives did everything they could to prevent liberals from to improving the lives of Americans while at home, America;'s liberals at the time succeeded in enacting the Civilian Conservation Corps, Federal Communications Act, Home Owners Loan Act, Securities and Exchange Act, G I Bill of Rights, Social Security Act, Twenty-first Amendment (repealing prohibition), Permanent School Lunch program, Integration of the Armed Forces, Veterans Emergency Housing Act, Public Health Service Act, National Housing Act, the Marshall Plan, Peace Corps, Aid to Dependent Children program, Establishment of Arms Control and Disarmament Agency , Consumer drug protection laws, Clean Air Act, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act. College and Vocational Education Act Civil Rights Act Voting Rights Act Mass Transportation Act Omnibus Poverty Act: { Office of Economic Opportunity, VISTA, Job Corps, and Public Assistance programs } War on Poverty Head Start (for pre-school children) Land Conservation Fund Permanent Food Stamp Program Appalachia Regional Development Act Elementary and Secondary Education Act Higher Education Act Older Americans Act { Medicare & Medicaid } Law Enforcement Assistance Act Immigration Reform Act Freedom of Information Law Fair Housing Act Housing and Urban Development { low-income housing }, Clean Water Restoration Act, College and Vocational Education Act, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, Mass Transportation Act, Omnibus Poverty Act: { Office of Economic Opportunity, VISTA, Job Corps, and Public Assistance programs }, War on Poverty Head Start (for pre-school children), Land Conservation Fund, Permanent Food Stamp Program, Appalachia Regional Development Act, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Higher Education Act, Older Americans Act, { Medicare & Medicaid } Law Enforcement Assistance Act, Immigration Reform Act, Freedom of Information Law Fair Housing Act, Housing and Urban Development { low-income housing }and the Clean Water Restoration Act.
            To see the all the trees in the forest, you'll need to read the 31 pages of the entire [ from home.ourfuture.org/assets/20070612_theprogressivemajority_report.pdf |. But, if you would like a bird's eye view, here are the most interesting snap shots:

THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT

"No matter what labels people use, their view of the role of government provides a window into the ideology that underlies their political views. Conservatives believe in small government; they prefer free markets and individuals to manage things as much as possible. Progressives believe in a more active government that performs more functions and provides more services.

        Polling shows that the public is much closer to the progressive view. The latest survey of the National Election Studies (NES) shows, for example, a preference for a vigorous government role in a complex world. Sixty-seven percent said we need a strong government to handle complex economic problems. Nearly 58 percent said government should be doing more, not less; and 69 percent agreed that government has grown because the country's problems have grown."

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[ from home.ourfuture.org/assets/20070612_theprogressivemajority_report.pdf |

Demographics of U.S. Liberals

Liberalism remains most popular among those in academia and liberals commonly tend to be highly educated and relatively affluent. According to recent surveys, between 19 and 26 percent of the American electorate self-identify as liberal, versus moderate or conservative.  A 2004 study by the Pew Research Center identified 19 percent of Americans as liberal. According to the study, liberals were the most affluent and educated ideological demographic. Of those who identified as liberal, 49 percent were college graduates and 41 percent had household incomes exceeding $75,000, compared to 27 and 28 percent at the national average, respectively. Liberalism also remains the dominant political ideology in academia, with 72% of full-time faculty identifying as liberal in a 2004 study.  The social sciences and humanities were most liberal, whereas, business and engineering departments were the most conservative. In the 2000, 2004 and 2006 elections, the vast majority of liberals voted in favor of the Democrats, though liberals may also show support for the Greens.
        [Liberals are] Predominantly white (83%), most highly educated group (49% have a college degree or more), and youngest group after Bystanders. Least religious group in typology: 43% report they seldom or never attend religious services; nearly a quarter (22%) are seculars. More than one-third never married (36%). Largest group residing in urban areas (42%) and in the western half the country (34%). Wealthiest Democratic group (41% earn at least $75,000). - Pew Research Center.


[ from Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberalism_in_the_United_States ]

Here are more examples which show that Americans identify much
more with liberal Democrats than with the conservative Republicans :

By siding with conservatives in opposition to
"the public option" which liberals wanted
make a key feature of the Health Care Reform of 2010,
Obama went against the clear liberal majority of
all Americans :
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This chart shows that even Republicans agree with
the liberal position against the position taken by
the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court:

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        These two charts show, even on the most contentious issue of homosexualty, that Americans – like everybody else in the Western world, are becoming more liberal and less conservative:

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and the other side of that same coin :
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