Sunday, July 17, 2011

Conservatism on the Ascendency, According to New Poll

Elected Republicans in Washington must realize that Obama has done for conservatives what no Republican leader has ever done; he has galvanized conservatives and converted independents to our cause.  According to a new Rasmussen poll, a record number of Americans consider themselves fiscal conservatives, while a plurality, albeit a smaller percentage, consider themselves social conservatives.

Voters remain slightly more conservative when it comes to fiscal policy than they are on social issues, while 29% still say they are conservative in both areas.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 10% of Likely Voters claim to be both fiscal and social liberals.  A majority (61%), however, are some other combination. [...] 

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters classify themselves as conservative on fiscal issues such as taxes, government spending and business regulation.  Nearly as many (40%) view themselves as moderate on these issues, while 12% feel they are fiscal liberals. 
On social issues like abortion, public prayer and Church-state topics, 40% of voters consider themselves conservative.  Thirty-one percent (31%) feel they are liberal in these areas, while 26% see themselves as socially moderate. 

Now is not the time for tepidness on the part of the GOP.  There is a clear ascendance of conservatism, precipitated by animus towards Obama's radicalism, that must be harnessed.  Now is the time to connect with the commonsense conservatism that is uniquely inherent in most Americans.  There is a reason why the public overwhelmingly opposes raising the debt ceiling.  Don't listen to the doom and gloom from the media, as they attempt to resurrect the ghosts of the '95 gov't shutdown, which was allegedly calamitous for the GOP.  We are clearly living in an unprecedented time; one in which most voters are finally attuned to our unsustainable state of profligacy and dependency.  

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