Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Conservative Myth

Over the last thirty plus years, billions of dollars have been poured into convincing Americans that this is a conservative country. Although that huge propaganda campaign had considerable success, conservatism has never been as prevalent as they'd have you believe. Now the tide has unquestionably turned toward a bigger and more vocal progressive majority. A report by the Campaign for America’s Future and Media Matters for America analyze a wide range of studies and surveys that show a growing majority of Americans take progressive stands on a full spectrum of issues.

The Progressive Majority:
Why a Conservative America is a Myth

June, 2007


On Health Care: 69 percent of Americans think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have access to health coverage; 76 percent find access to health care more important than maintaining the Bush tax cuts; three in five would be willing to have their own taxes increased to achieve universal coverage.

On Energy Policy: 52 percent of Americans believe "the best way for the U.S. to reduce its reliance on foreign oil" is to "have the government invest in alternative energy sources"; 64 percent are willing to pay a higher energy tax to pay for renewable energy research; 68 percent of the public thinks U.S. energy policy is better solved by conservation than production.

On the Economy: 77 percent of Americans believe Congress should increase the minimum wage; 66 percent believe "upper-income people" pay too little in taxes; 53 percent feel the Bush administration's tax cuts have failed because they have increased the deficit and caused cuts in government programs.

On Government's Role: 69 percent of Americans believe the government "should care for those who can't care for themselves." Twice as many people (43 percent to 20 percent) want "government to provide many more services even if it means an increase in spending" as want government to provide fewer services "in order to reduce spending."

On Immigration: 62 percent of Americans believe undocumented immigrants should be given a chance to "keep their jobs and eventually apply for legal status." 49 percent believe the best way to reduce illegal immigration from Mexico is to penalize employers, not more border control.

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