Following the McCain disaster of 2008, which resulted in the tragedy of Barack Hussein Obama moving into the White House, we of the conservative persuasion were hoping (and praying) that the people of this country – particularly republicans, were going to wake up to the precarious predicament this nation found itself in.
The 2010 election result indicated that many of us were indeed coming around, as the TEA Party movement arose out of nothing and helped to change the balance of power in the House of Representatives, as well as increase the number of conservative office holders all across America.
Since that time, conservatives have been hoping that the momentum thus established would carry over into the election of 2012, and not only increase the number of conservatives in the House, change the balance of power in the Senate, but most importantly, put a true conservative in the White House.
It remains to be seen whether or not that is going to happen, and I have to admit I am not a little discouraged at this point, given how high Mitt Romney is polling. I had hoped republicans would have learned by now that RINOs are not the way to go.
A recent poll has only served to increase my level of concern.
October 28, 2011
Republicans Nationwide Are Similar in Composition to 2008
Remain more likely to be conservative, married, and religious
by Frank Newport, Jeffrey M. Jones, and Lydia Saad
PRINCETON, NJ — The Republican Party in 2011 looks similar, demographically and ideologically, to the Republican Party that nominated John McCain in 2008. As a group, Republicans continue to be more likely than average to be male, white, married, and religious, and to describe their political views as “conservative.”
These results are based on a special Gallup analysis of the demographic and ideological composition of the U.S. population today (based on Gallup Daily tracking from June through August 2011) versus at the start of 2008 (from January through March, when the GOP presidential nomination was being decided).
For this analysis, the Republican population is defined as those who either identify as Republicans, or who identify as independents but say they lean toward the Republican Party. Thirty-seven percent of Americans identified as or leaned Republican from January-March 2008, and 40% identified as Republicans from June-August 2011.
Detailed below are the major differences between Republicans and the larger U.S. adult population, and changes since 2008.
1. Republicans are much more conservative than the national average, as they were in 2008. Yet despite the high profile of conservative Tea Party movement activists within the Republican Party over the past several years, Republicans as a whole are not substantially more conservative now. Over this period, conservative identification has grown by two percentage points among all Americans, and by three points among Republicans.
This doesn’t mean, of course, that conservative Republicans are not more active now than they were in 2008. But the overall ideological composition of the GOP has not changed materially — with roughly two in three Republicans and Republican leaners identifying as politically conservative.
You can read the rest of the poll at this link.
I realize the 2012 election is still quite a ways off, and much could happen between now and then, but I had hoped to see more of a conservative surge by this point, and that has not yet materialized.
I hope, for the future of our country, that it soon will.