Nick Gardner: Despite Obama reign, Ronald Reagan’s conservative revolution marches on in America
TWENTY-three years on from the end of the greatest US presidency of the 20th century, the conservative revolution led by Ronald Reagan continues. America may be led by the most Left-wing American president of the modern era, but the nation remains at its core a deeply conservative country, with conservatives holding a huge lead over liberals in the latest Gallup poll. According to Gallup:
Political ideology in the U.S. held steady in 2011, with 40% of Americans continuing to describe their views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This marks the third straight year that conservatives have outnumbered moderates, after more than a decade in which moderates mainly tied or outnumbered conservatives.
… Sizable segments of Americans identify with each of the three major ideological groups on the U.S. political spectrum; however, in recent years, conservatives have become the single largest group, consistently outnumbering moderates since 2009 and outnumbering liberals by 2-to-1.