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Poll: Americans Are Economic Conservatives

May 29, 2012 by  

Poll: Americans Are Economic Conservatives
Most Americans would like to see the Federal government spend its money more wisely.

Judging by the way the U.S. government spends money, it is hard to believe that American citizens are two times more likely to identify as economically conservative than liberal.

According to a recent Gallup poll, 46 percent of Americans consider themselves “total conservatives” on matters concerning economics, compared to 20 percent claiming to be “total liberals.” People who describe themselves as “moderates” in terms of economic issues made up 32 percent of the total.

The results are based on Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, which asks Americans to say whether they are liberal, moderate or conservative on “economic” and, separately, “social” issues.

The poll found that people are less likely to say they are conservatives when talking about social issues, with 38 percent claiming the title “total conservative” and 28 percent “total liberal.” Moderates made up 31 percent of respondents in that category.

Gallup says the results suggest: “More Americans identify as economic conservatives than as social conservatives or conservatives in general. And that tendency has increased in the last four years, perhaps due to President Obama’s economic agenda. This suggests that a conservative economic message from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may resonate with voters this year.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • eddie47d

    Who says it has to be Liberal vs Conservative when it comes down to being economically Conservative. Even Liberals have budgets they have to keep a watch on and they don’t throw their money around like there is no tomorrow. Liberals have house payments,kids to send to college,utility bills and car payments to send in. Liberals are actually very Conservative when buying cars and make sure they last many years such as the durable Subaru.I’ve known Conservatives who trade their cars in every 3 years which can be costly. I’ve also known Conservatives who still have the same car 30 years later. This is another misnomer that one group is so much wiser than the other on the financial front.

  • BigBadJohn

    Old hat – this has been known forever.

    I am a FISCAL conservative, any government program for social services should be a “safety net” just like unemployment. Welfare as well as all other government programs should have a set time frame. there should be no way anyone can become life long dependent on any government program.

    Military spending is out of control, it has increased almost 300% since 2000. We should not cut military to fund social programs – they should be cut at the same time. We need a balanced budget amendment, either spending gets cut or taxes go up, or both. Only then will workers realize that benefits and wars cost money!

    I am a social liberal, I do not agree with conservatives dictating my religion, who I marry or even the position I use in my own bedroom. I do not like the idea of them dictating my daughters family planning options. And I most certainly do not want them teaching religion in public schools!

    • eddie47d

      Well said BBJ for there is Conservatism and Liberalism in almost everyone on varying issues.

    • Larry Uloth

      so big bad john…your comment is a mismatch of confusion..your so afraid of conservatives it is silly..since when has a conservative dictated your religion? we feel that young women should not use abortion as just another birth control method, but it should be available for those emergency times..we really don’t care who your daughter goes to bed with M/F doesnt matter..just don’t stick the rest of us with the problem when her choices don’t pan out…schooling ..a good course in comparative religion outlining all of the actual parameters of each if taught in all our schools would go a long way toward bringing us together rather than causing problems later…I am a fiscal conservative, a social conservative (the problems caused by your choices are yours not mine) I am much more for “personal responsibility”…meaning all of us accept the conseqences of our own choices, fiscal social or otherwise, we do not expect the Govt. or anyone else to solve them for us….you need some money I will help you find a job so you can earn it. You need some food I will help you plan your garden so you can grow your own..the list goes on and on John…thanks for listening!

    • Steve E

      John, what religion did the conservatives dictate to you? What woman did they dictate to you to marry? What position in the bedroom did they dictate to you?

      • BigBadJohn

        I live in North Carolina, conservatives have tried to force creationism into the class rooms. That is forcing THEIR version of religion down my kids throats.

        What positions? NC has sodomy laws that can be enforced in the privacy of your own home….

  • cawmun cents

    If Americans are fiscally conservative,then why are we 17 trillion dollars in the red?
    These people we elect are Americans.Well,for the most part they are.The condition is one of having power over finance,and fiscal policy.That is where failure becomes the issue.
    Anyone can think of ways to spend money they dont have.
    Havent you thought what you would do with the money if you won the lottery?
    Of course you have.That is where consevativism and liberalism get sharply divided.
    The liberals first thought is,”how can I give this money to someone who is poor and downtrodden?”a noble gesture for certain.
    The conservatives first thought is,”How can I use this money to produce more money so that I have more money to give to the poor and downtrodden,so they wont be AS poor and downtrodden?”
    That is where capitalism and marxism clash.
    Marxism=distribute the money evenly,that way everyone is equally desperately poor
    Capitalism=build a business,which causes more money to be genrated,so that everyone can have more money,even those who are desperately poor.
    There you have the two choices.
    Its as simple as that,really.
    But some folks just dont get it.
    They think that having power over regulation and law is tantamount to successful gubment.
    Thats who is in power right now.But when they run out of OP’s funds,what do they do?
    They print more paper currency as if it will hold its value perpetually,and then they plot to spend more money that they havent accrued yet.Then they turn to the taxpayer who is already at his wits end paying this fee and that tax,and say,”we need to aquire more fundage for this thing we have decided has merit,and we need to squeeze you for the extra funds to do it.”
    In a capitalist society,this works to their advantage,because there is money to throw around.Then there is a move to socialize everything,and when everyone gets tight with their money to keep living as well as they possibly can,(the idea of capitalism)the politician says,”well…you’ll just have to deal with having less while prices are driven up,so we can obtain what we desire to spend on,whether you like it or not.”
    But since folks are wanting to live to their ability,instead of what some gubment idiot thinks should be their ability,they get tight fisted and the economy shrinks like a wizzened old mans private parts.
    The there is an effort to stimulate the economy by new and inventive ways,that end up spending more fundage and dont quite pan out like is planned,so there is a need to ask for even more money to spend for things that likely wont pan out.
    But since everyone is tight fisted it only serves to cause deeper distress in the economy.
    Jeeze….I couldnt have predicted that.(note:this is sarcasm)

    • gary baker

      really is that why we borrowed three trillion dollars for the two war fronts???? u spew ur propaganda like the nazis did. Bushy boy didnt plan where to pay for those wars he just up and lied about them. Instead of concentrating on bin laden he went after iraq. ON A LIE!!!!!! ur sanity is questionable if you think bush was a good businessman. He had wars and cut taxes at the same time. no PRESIDENT has ever done that. IN wartime taxes have to be collected to pay for it. LOL SEND this reply to the land of oz

    • BigBadJohn

      “If Americans are fiscally conservative,then why are we 17 trillion dollars in the red?”

      Obvious answer – Because they keep electing GOP presidents. Americans are brain dead because they believe the lies about the GOP being fiscally conservative. Even though history proves otherwise.

      Reagan TRIPLED the national debt
      GH Bush added another trillion to it
      Clinton came the closest to balanced budget
      GW Bush DOUBLED the national debt.
      Obama even though he is spending like crazy has cut the deficit from what he inherited from Bush.

  • Ted Crawford

    We continually see these polls that would seem to indicate that we are a right of center country, yet, Barack Obama is President and Harry Reid still heads the Senate!? Years ago, when I was still in Colorado, the state voted, over whelmingly, to enact term limits. In that same election they elected over 92% Incumbents! Just how in the world would one explain that to someone unfamiliar with a Democracy?
    I had hoped that the American Electorate had wised up when we elected the 103 Congress. After two years of a failed Progressive majority, we elected a Conservative Congress and enjoyed hugh economic growth.That surly should have taught us something. Along comes 2004, followed by 2008 and here we are!

    • Doc Sarvis

      Yes, thank goodness in 2008 we elected a little sanity (not a lot – but a little) to our leadership. Slowly things have gotten better since then.

      • Sirian

        A 15.7 Trillion deficit, tax increases come 1-1-’13 plus one thing after another and you consider that “a little sanity”? LOL, what a joke!!

      • Doc Sarvis

        Our combat troops are out of Iraq and work progresses to get them out of Afghanistan. Osama bin Ladin is gone. Slow job growth continues.
        Oh yes, and this,
        From the Washington Post:
        Spending has increased at a yearly rate of only 1.4 percent during Obama’s tenure, even if you include some stimulus spending (in the 2009 fiscal year) that technically should be attributed to President George W. Bush. This is by far the smallest increase in spending of any recent president.
        In Bush’s first term, by contrast, federal spending increased at an annual rate of 7.3 percent; in his second term, the annual rise averaged 8.1 percent. Reagan comes next, in terms of profligacy, followed by George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and finally Obama, the thriftiest of them all.

        See the full article at:

        Problems continue but progress continues.

      • mtnmama80422

        What are you smoking? If you really believe that tripe, I know you drank the kool-aid!

      • Doc Sarvis

        What’s wrong mtnmama80422? Do you dispute this?

    • MAP

      Anyone that would make such an absurd statement proves himself to be a very poor judge of what defines sanity. In fact, it makes their own sanity questionable.

  • JerryWheelerWroteThis..

    I don’t mind spending money, distributing it for the good of the Nation, BUT.. If you don’t have it to spend of course your gonna be conservative for the little you do have.

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