I’ve mentioned the GWU Battleground Poll in the past and was recently wondering when the last time it was referenced here at RVO. Turns out that was more than three years ago! Time flies, but the most recent poll was done in Dec. 2012.
It’s not surprising to me that President Obama will win re-election in Connecticut, but I just want to remind people the polls mean absolutely nothing … the only poll that matters is election day.
This morning, Michelle Malkin published a well-thought post providing the conservative perspective as it applies to the four remaining GOP candidates for president. She will support former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) for president.
The current AP/Roper poll indicates most of us are “moderates”, but that’s not true. The sample – and how you ask the question – is very important. AP/Roper consistently shows one-third of the population describes themselves as moderate, while the George Washington University Battleground Poll consistently shows almost two-thirds of registered likely voters are somewhat or very conservative.
The April 2010 version of the GWU Battleground Poll is out, and along with the question I normally check out (D3), new this time around I noticed question 33. Ninety percent describe themselves as concerned about federal government spending. Is the message getting out?
As readers may remember, I’ve been monitoring the George Washington University Battleground Poll for quite some time. In August I wrote about the July results showing a 2 point increase in the number of registered voters who considered themselves conservative or very conservative. This week we had 4 point move.
I’m bored with polling and disappointed on how twisted the analysis can be. It all depends on how the question is asked and the context. CBS News anchor Katie Couric suggests Republicans avoid those representing extreme views – like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin – especially since 42 percent of Americans call themselves independents. Read more
The Terrance Group and Lake Research Partners recently released the results for the George Washington University Battleground Poll taken in July. The fall 2008 results showed 57 percent considered themselves very conservative or somewhat conservative. July 2009 results show a 2 point jump to 59 percent. We remain a pretty conservative country.
Can the American political system handle third party? It’s pretty clear voters have been split between Republicans and Democrats during the past 10 years. Obama won by 7 percent, and Bush won by 3 percent in 2004, but we are defined as a split nation when it comes to national politics. Close races are, well, really close.
So, what would a third party – a conservative third party – do to the political dynamics of the country? I’ve aways been in the camp to help move the Republican party towards conservatism instead of away. Yes, I guess you could say move the group to – or back to – the right.
To many, a third party is one of those kooky ideas that serve only to gather less than one million votes, or do a bang-up job and get almost 19 percent and leave Bush 41 with only 37 percent as occurred in 1992.
If Bush 41 got half the votes that Ross Perot received in 1992, he would have beat Bill Clinton by 2 million votes. (Perot carried no states and received no electoral votes.)
Newt Gingrich was at the College of the Ozarks yesterday and mentioned the possibility of a third party in 2012. From the CNN Political Ticker…
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich is warning of a third party mutiny in 2012 if Republicans don’t figure out a way to shape up.
“If the Republicans can’t break out of being the right wing party of big government, then I think you would see a third party movement in 2012,” Gingrich said Tuesday. The speech, to a group of students at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri, was recorded by Springfield TV station KY3.
My thought is that a third party could be tied in with the Tea Party movement.
This brings us back to the Battleground Polls taken last fall that showed 57 percent considered themselves very conservative or somewhat conservative. Click on the image to enlarge.
So, can the 59 percent ban together in a third party, or are we better off working within the established Republican party?
Conservatives are the majority. Some may consider us the silent majority since we tend to keep our mouths shut, but again, the most recent Battleground Poll shows our numbers near 60 percent. Liberals and socialists frequently call us racist bigots, warmongers, capitalist pigs and downright mean but maybe it’s time politicians start standing up for conservatism.
Of course, we’d need to get some conservatives to start running for office, but that’s another post.