Most Americans Are Liberal, Even If They Don’t Know It

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It's a recurring tactic on this forum for right-wingers to complain about something that is not true of most "leftists" or liberals...
... and then they refuse to admit that simple fact.

The vast majority of Americans are liberal or progressive when it comes to these matters. Even some Trump supporters, Republicans, and people who call themselves “conservatives” have liberal views on many topics.

Americans are generally upset with widening inequality, the political influence of big business, and declining living standards. Public opinion is generally favorable toward greater government activism to address these and other problems, like climate change and health care.

Most Americans worry that government has been captured by the powerful and wealthy. They want a government that serves the common good. They also want to reform government to make it more responsive and accountable.

The figures cited below come from surveys conducted by Gallup, Pew, and other reputable polling organizations on the key issues facing the nation. These are the most recent national polls on each topic. Most of them are from the past year, although a few go back further. Each poll is hyperlinked so readers can look at the original sources.

The Economy
  • 82 percent of Americans think wealthy people have too much power and influence in Washington.
  • 69 percent think large businesses have too much power and influence in Washington.
  • 59 percent—and 72 percent of likely voters—think Wall Street has too much power and influence in Washington.
  • 78 percent of likely voters support stronger rules and enforcement on the financial industry.
  • 65 percent of Americans think our economic system “unfairly favors powerful interests.”
  • 59 percent of Americans—and 43 percent of Republicans—think corporations make “too much profit.”
Inequality
  • 82 percent of Americans think economic inequality is a “very big” (48 percent) or “moderately big” (34 percent) problem. Even 69 percent of Republicans share this view.
  • 66 percent of Americans think money and wealth should be distributed more evenly.
  • 72 percent of Americans say it is “extremely” or “very” important, and 23 percent say it is “somewhat important,” to reduce poverty.
  • 59 percent of registered voters—and 51 percent of Republicans—favor raising the maximum amount that low-wage workers can make and still be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, from $14,820 to $18,000.
Money in Politics
  • 96 percent of Americans—including 96 percent of Republicans—believe money in politics is to blame for the dysfunction of the U.S. political system.
  • 84 percent of Americans—including 80 percent of Republicans—believe money has too much influence in politics.
  • 78 percent of Americans say we need sweeping new laws to reduce the influence of money in politics.
  • 73 percent of registered voters have an unfavorable opinion of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
Taxes
  • 80 percent of Americans think some corporations don’t pay their fair share of taxes.
  • 78 percent think some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share of taxes.
  • 76 percent believe the wealthiest Americans should pay higher taxes.
  • 60 percent of registered voters believe corporations pay too little in taxes.
  • 87 percent of Americans say it is critical to preserve Social Security, even if it means increasing Social Security taxes paid by wealthy Americans.
  • 67 percent of Americans support lifting the cap to require higher-income workers to pay Social Security taxes on all of their wages.
Most Americans Are Liberal, Even If They Don’t Know It
 
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I think that is best express by the fact that consistently the majority of people, when polled would say they hate Obamacare but love the ACA.

so now that the GOP has removed the mandate but is too scared to remove preexisting

so what happened? Yep, premiums skyrocketed and deductibles soared.

Welcome to the new era GOP.

Fiscally irresponsible at every turn.
 
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so now that the GOP has removed the mandate but is too scared to remove preexisting

so what happened? Yep, premiums skyrocketed and deductibles soared.

Welcome to the new era GOP.

Fiscally irresponsible at every turn.
Did Trump give you better and cheaper healthcare? Did Mexico pay for the wall? Is shit brown? Is Dotard a stable genius ?

One of these is not like the others.
 
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The majority of leftists are not liberals. They do not support personal liberty. That is a core value of classical liberalism. They are big government collectivists. This is why using the term 'liberal' when referring to them is wrong and offensive to any real liberal.
 
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The majority of leftists are not liberals. They do not support personal liberty. That is a core value of classical liberalism. They are big government collectivists. This is why using the term 'liberal' when referring to them is wrong and offensive to any real liberal.
Just like the folks that use the label conservative yet support TRump and his massive deficit.
 
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Just like the folks that use the label conservative yet support TRump and his massive deficit.

That's just silly. Do you some how live in a world where POTUS has absolute power? The state is the greates siphon of wealth the world has ever known. Nobody had any expectations of Trump or any POTUS for that matter, to be able to put an end to that.
 
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That's just silly. Do you some how live in a world where POTUS has absolute power? The state is the greates siphon of wealth the world has ever known. Nobody had any expectations of Trump or any POTUS for that matter, to be able to put an end to that.
I live in a world where the current President THINKS he has absolute power. The fact that he doesn’t frustrates him to no end.
 
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The majority of leftists are not liberals. They do not support personal liberty. That is a core value of classical liberalism. They are big government collectivists. This is why using the term 'liberal' when referring to them is wrong and offensive to any real liberal.
So claimeth you...
But true to your lack of form, you provide absolutely no evidence of your claims... :rolleyes:


Just like the folks that use the label conservative yet support TRump and his massive deficit.
That's just silly. Do you some how live in a world where POTUS has absolute power? The state is the greates siphon of wealth the world has ever known. Nobody had any expectations of Trump or any POTUS for that matter, to be able to put an end to that.
Really Sabcat?
So when Trump claimed he would eliminate the national debt in 8 years, where were the Trump supporters on the right calling him out on his lie?

Even worse, it's not truly an issue of "putting an end" to it.
Clinton reduced the deficit.
Obama reduced the deficit.
EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT since Reagan has INCREASED the deficit.
At this stage, I just want a Repub president who will decrease the deficit like they demand when it's a Dem president in the Oval Office...
 
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That's just silly. Do you some how live in a world where POTUS has absolute power? The state is the greates siphon of wealth the world has ever known. Nobody had any expectations of Trump or any POTUS for that matter, to be able to put an end to that.
You do realize that Trump has blown up the deficit with his hard fought for tax reductions, largely for the wealthy?

A balanced budget is a core tenet of fiscal conservatives such as myself.

I find self proclaimed conservatives making excuses and still supporting TRump.

You simply cannot support TRump if you are conservative in more than just self labeling.
 

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