The people of the United States appear to be becoming more politically “center-libertarian” than the traditional “center-right” Nation that many described the electorate as in years past, according to some political observers.
A recent article published by the Los Angeles Times examines the outcome of several races throughout the Nation last Tuesday to conclude that while most Americans are fiscal conservatives, social liberalism is on the rise.
From the article:
After 32 straight losses for same-sex wedding laws, four states approved marriage-equality proposals last week. Two other states legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Wisconsin elected the first openly homosexual U.S. senator in history, Tammy Baldwin. An Iowa Supreme Court justice targeted for removal because he voted in 2007 to approve gay marriage, David Wiggins, defeated an effort to oust him. And, crucially, Obama won with 60% of voters telling exit pollsters they supported the president’s call for higher taxes on the rich.
Aside from taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, fiscal issues remain dominated by conservative viewpoints, with 51 percent of voters telling election exit pollsters that the Federal government should be reduced in size and debt and do less.
In some key races that would have been easily won by fiscally conservative candidates last week, GOP contenders lost as a result, some people believe, heavily because of social issues like gay marriage and abortion.