August 17, 2009

Shhh! Gallup Reports That Conservatives Outnumber Libs in All 50 States; Media Plays Dumb

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You know this is important polling news, because the establishment media is pretending it doesn’t exist.

You can’t find a relevant reference to it in searches on “Gallup” at the New York Times, AP.org, the Washington Post, or the LA Times. A Google News search on “Gallup conservatives outnumber liberals” (not in quotes) comes up with all of eight results.

The news isn’t just that self-identified conservatives outnumber self-identified liberals nationwide. That’s old hat. The big news from Gallup is that conservatives outnumber liberals in every state in the union, including supposedly uberliberal Vermont and Massachusetts.

Note the Gallup story’s clearly impertinent headline, accompanied by an absolutely wrong subheadline (HTs to LifeNews.com, CNS News [linked by Drudge], and an e-mailer):

Political Ideology: “Conservative” Label Prevails in the South
Conservatives outnumber liberals in nearly every state, but not in D.C.

The strength of “conservative” over “liberal” in the realm of political labels is vividly apparent in Gallup’s state-level data, where a significantly higher percentage of Americans in most states — even some solidly Democratic ones — call themselves conservative rather than liberal.

…. Despite the Democratic Party’s political strength — seen in its majority representation in Congress and in state houses across the country — more Americans consider themselves conservative than liberal. While Gallup polling has found this to be true at the national level over many years, and spanning recent Republican as well as Democratic presidential administrations, the present analysis confirms that the pattern also largely holds at the state level. Conservatives outnumber liberals by statistically significant margins in 47 of the 50 states, with the two groups statistically tied in Hawaii, Vermont, and Massachusetts.

The margins may not be “statistically significant,” but the reported result still shows conservatives on top in HI (+5), VT (+1) and MA (+1). I also have to wonder how you can have a 5-point or more margin of error in a poll of 160,000 people. (Update: Oh, those are for the individual states, not the entire poll; I should have known that.)

As to how Gallup’s online report was organized, the answer is “not well.” Sorry guys, it’s not exactly news that the conservative label prevails in the South, so why did you emphasize and lead with that obvious point? The news is that conservatism prevails at least slightly in each and every state; the District of Columbia, despite Democrats’ fondest wishes, is not a state. It was also “clever” of Gallup to save its 50-state table for Page 2 of its three-page report.

It’s hard not to wonder if someone at Gallup did what they did with the headline and subheadline to help ensure that establishment media outlets ignored this stunning news. I would suggest that they didn’t have to work that hard; the media would have ignored it anyway.

A final bit of good news: The poll was taken over a spread-out period from January through June. I don’t think anyone would want to bet against the percentage of self-identifying conservatives being higher at the end of the polling period than it was in the beginning.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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4 Comments

  1. [...] Conservatives outnumber liberals in EVERY state. [...]

    Pingback by Shhhh! | Right Ohio — August 18, 2009 @ 9:54 am

  2. Good day to you Mr. Blumer,

    I saw this article in my Google News feed and thought it sounded interesting. Instead I found not a news story but a rather uninteresting article. I simply don’t understand the significance upon which you place the results of this poll. Does it really matter? Is this really important? Even if I took into account the “conspiracy” aspect of the piece the ratio of conservatives vs. liberals simply means that when a “liberal” wins an election the independents and moderates (both conservative and liberal) make the difference. But then, that has always been the case. So again, what’s new here? I just don’t understand why there are so many people in our great country trying to ridicule and denigrate the other great citizens of this great country. Why is there so much hate, contempt and a feeling superiority. I like to believe (and perhaps I am naive for doing so) that nearly every human being is essentially a ‘good’ person wanting to do what is best for their family. We all have a different means for accomplishing that goal and never does everyone agree with anyone’s opinion of how to go about it. I just wish we could simply live and let live and be happy and content in our achievements. This is a great country and nearly all of its citizens are patriotic Americans. Why is there so much discord?

    Comment by Joe — August 18, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

  3. #2, Some poetry:

    This has nothing to do with ridicule and denigration,
    Except in your fertile discordant imagination.

    It has nothing to do with contempt or hate,
    Or are you pretending to read something I didn’t state?

    It merely points to a result most won’t see and won’t hear,
    Because it’s a result that reporters won’t cheer.

    You were “uninterested” enough to post a 231-word comment. Thanks for your interest. :–>

    Comment by TBlumer — August 18, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

  4. This is what I love about being a conservative. We have no ills about calling people out for not acting like a conservative, therefore being held to a higher standard. You will rarely see liberals having a discussion like this because most of the time they can’t even admit to being liberal, like it’s an embarrassment or something. Or they say nonsense like conservatives give liberals a bad name. No liberals give liberals a bad name, and call conservatives really bad names because they can’t win a debate.

    Comment by Medianewstime — August 22, 2009 @ 3:23 am

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