by John Krehbiel on 9 March 2013
This problem has come up here before.
As I see it, there are at least three problems with trying to answer the question in the title.
First, just what is “liberal” and what is “conservative?” I know that I tend to ignore stands on issues I don’t care about when classifying someone. I’m guessing that most people do the same.
Second, what are the public’s real views? Simplistic questions play into the biases we hear in the media. We’ve been hearing for 35 years or more how bad it is to be a liberal, so nobody wants to admit to that, do they?
Third is the public relations mindset of the terminology used by politicians and the press. Republicans can’t seem to call their opposing party by the correct name, since they can’t bring themselves to say that they are opposing “Democratic” ideas. Anyone who suggest any kind of restrictions on abortion is “anti-women.”
Anyway, this article was very interesting. Apparently when you ask people about their actual views, they are consistently more liberal than the press or the politicians who claim to represent them think.
-- 2013-03-09 » John Krehbiel