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1 Lumberhead  Oct 6, 2014 10:55:45am

Why does the myth persist that America is a “center-right” country? If that was so, Republicans would behave very differently. Somehow the myth is perpetuated by our “liberal media”.

2 ausador  Oct 6, 2014 12:17:14pm

re: #1 Lumberhead

Why does the myth persist that America is a “center-right” country? If that was so, Republicans would behave very differently. Somehow the myth is perpetuated by our “liberal media”.

Because the polls always ask some version of the same silly question: “How would you describe your views on most political matters? Generally do you think of yourself as Liberal, Moderate, or conservative?”

The majority always chooses to call themselves “moderate,” second place always goes to “conservative,” “liberal” always comes in a very distant third. Therefore America is “centrist leaning right” according to the pollsters.

It is meaningless of course, it tells you more about how people choose to see themselves than it does about their actual political identity.

3 calochortus  Oct 6, 2014 12:53:30pm

re: #2 ausador

People make up their own definitions.

I heard an interviewee remark today that she would likely not vote for Hagan (the Dem.) in the NC senate race because she wasn’t “progressive enough.” She went on to say that Hagan hadn’t worked with the Republicans enough (although she understood that it was hard to break ranks with one’s party leadership.) Working with conservatives is apparently what this woman considers “progressive.”


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