6.23.2007

New Pew Polling Analysis: Liberalism IS mainstream

Yo! Main Stream Media!

Read it and weep (see full story below). The numbers prove it. The more you pretend this country isn’t running as fast as it can from the failed, radical conservative agenda, the harder it’s going to be to control the masses (and the message).

People aren’t as stupid as you treat them. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The stupidity lies with the corporate executives and the on-air producers who have chosen to dumb down our national media while insisting to allow the most corrupt administration in our nation’s history to literally get away with murder, one of just numerous crimes against humanity, our nation and our constitution – and instead of taking down radical sociopaths like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, you promote and elevate them as though they represent any majority in any constituency. They don’t. (We all know their popularity is really because their corporate commandants place them in 90% of the market places while stifling all other voices – see this startling new report on the makeup of talk radio and this debunking of the right-wing excuses that it’s “the market”).

Oh, there are a few of you out there fighting the good fight and to you, I tip my hat. I also cross my fingers in the hope you aren’t silenced for all your troubles or not allowed to spread your wings (by perhaps having others like you added to the fold).

Looks at what MSNBC is doing with its good fortune of breakout star, Keith Olbermann’s impact on the once failing network. When more time opened up on their network with the demise of Imus, did they look to more progressive, mainstream media personalities to fill the void? Of course not! They turned to yet another air-headed, conservative in independents' clothing to add even less to the national conversation – a guy who like every other conservative now appearing on the network, has rating in the toilet, despite the lead in from Olbermann.

What about CNN? They’ve promoted the newest (and by far dumbest) out of touch, right-wing no-body and what’s happening because of it? The ratings for his show are the lowest of all shows on cables news networks combined (and falling). ABC/Disney even jumped on that bandwagon by offering this jackass a gig every now on then on Good Morning America (Way to go Diane!). How’s that decision working out for you idiots?

All your efforts to maintain the status quo, to perpetuate the liberal label as being a very bad thing, is failing miserably.

From Turkana, a review of the reports details:

"Pew's numbers show that:

In 2002, Party affiliation was about even, with 43% identifying or leaning towards both the Democrats and Republicans. Now, the Democrats lead 50-35%.

In 1994, when the Republicans took Congress, only 41% agreed that "the government should help more needy people, even if it adds to the nation's debt." Today, that number is 54%.

Five years ago, an impressive 65% said "today it's really true that the rich just get richer while the poor get poorer," but that number has actually risen to 73%.

In 2002, 62% agreed that "The best way to ensure peace is through military strength." Today, that number has dropped to 49%.

In 1987, only 8% said they were unaffiliated with any religion, but that number has now grown to 12%. Furthermore:

The poll finds greater public acceptance of homosexuality and less desire for women to play traditional roles in society. Both represent a continuation of trends that have been apparent over the past 20 years, and have occurred mostly among older people.

In 1995, 58% favored Affirmative Action. With gains across the political spectrum, that number now stands at 70%."

His full diary, 'New Polling Analysis: Liberalism Ascendant', is posted here.

It's uplifting see all the figures, which include some for another report, The Progressive Majority: Why a Conservative America is a Myth by the Campaign For America's Future and Media Matters, that has additional numbers like this:
69% agree that "t is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have access to health coverage," with 76% percent deeming it more important than Bush's tax cuts, and 60% willing to have their own taxes raised towards that end.

52% believe government investment in alternative energy sources is the best way to break our addiction to foreign oil, with 68% agreeing conservation is a better solution than production, and 64% willing to pay higher taxes for renewable energy research.

77% believe the minimum wage should be increased.

66% believe the wealthy pay too little taxes.

53% deem Bush's tax cuts a failure because of the increased deficit and cuts in government programs.

69% believe the government "should care for those who can't care for themselves."

62% believe undocumented workers should have the opportunity to "keep their jobs and eventually apply for legal status."

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