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Numbers Democrats Don’t Want You To See

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/09/20


There are a lot of numbers Democrats don’t want you to see, and many of those numbers are poll numbers on various Democrat pet issues. Because those numbers show the Democrats are decidedly in the minority. But the Democrats don’t want the people to be aware of the fact they are actually in the majority and not, after all, “extremists” or “far-right” or any other personal attack the Democrats use from day to day to villify most of America.

Let’s start with the fiscal and social values of the population. According to multiple Rasmussen polls spanning multiple years, the population is overwhelmingly more conservative and overwhelmingly more moderate on fiscal issues than liberal, despite the outright liberal position held by the Democrat Congressmen. These same Rasmussen polls show a three-way split in the 30s on social issues, with the Conservative position being the position of plurality. Again, despite the Democrat politicians’ nearly lock-step Liberalism regarding social issues.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Likely U.S. Voters remain conservative on both fiscal and social issues, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Just 10% say they are fiscal and social liberals. Sixty-one percent (61%) are some other combination. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These findings are consistent with surveys back to November 2007, as is the continuing pattern that voters tend to be more fiscally conservative than socially conservative.

Forty-four percent (44%) describe themselves as conservative on fiscal issues such as taxes, government spending and business regulation. Forty percent (40%) say they’re moderate when it comes to fiscal issues, while only 11% claim to be fiscal liberals.

But just 35% say they’re conservative when it comes to issues like abortion, public prayer and church-state topics. Thirty percent (30%) are moderate in this area, and 31% are social liberals.

It is very clear that, over a span of several years, the US population is far more Conservative than the leaders of the Democrat Party. This is why the Democrats don’t want people to know they’re not alone and that the population does not actually support the Democrat position on much of anything. Let’s just repeat that information the Democrats don’t want you to know. 44 percent of the US population is fiscally conservative, 40 percent of the US population is fiscally moderate, while a miniscule 11 percent is fiscally liberal. And that extreme minority fiscally liberal position is precisely where the Democrat elites live. The Republican elites aren’t much better, living in the fiscally moderate position, leaving the plurality of the people essentially without representation. This is why the likes of Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer and the so-called “conservatives” in publications like the New York Times need to derisively dismiss actual Conservatives. They can’t let the word get out, either.

On to the next issue: Illegal immigration. And do get the facts straight, it’s not about immigration; it’s about illegal immigration. 65 percent of We the People want border control dealt with first and foremost while 59 percent of the population believes the US Government’s policy favors illegal immigration in direct contradiction with the wishes of We the People.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters say it is more important to gain control of the border than to legalize the status of those already living illegally in the United States. Twenty-eight percent (28%) feel legalizing the status of illegal immigrants is more important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Fifty-seven percent (57%) favor a welcoming immigration policy that is designed to keep out only national security threats, criminals and those who come here to live off our welfare system. Twenty-eight percent (28%) disagree with this kind of immigration policy, while 14% are undecided.

Findings for both questions are consistent with surveys dating back to 2006.

Again, for many years, We the People have desired the exact opposite of what the Democrat Party is pushing. For many years, the Democrat Party has been decidedly and vociferously on the side opposing the clear majority position of We the People. And once again, that is something the Democrat leadership does not want anyone to know about.

The data goes on to say that seven out of ten independent voters want the US to gain control of the sieve-like border before any plans to legalize the illegals. While Democrats and media talking heads claim that Republicans should be catering to the mushy middle, at least on this point, the Democrats are in direct opposition with the mushy middle (who are supposedly the key to all national elections).

The data stays bad when looking at educating illegal immigrants.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey [August 23, 2011] shows that only 32% of Likely U.S. Voters believe children of parents in this country illegally should be allowed to attend public school here. Fifty-three percent (53%) do not believe those young illegal immigrants should be allowed to attend public school.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters believe parents should be required to prove they are legal residents of the United States when registering their child for public school. Twenty-one percent (21%) oppose such a requirement.

Several states have made illegal immigrants eligible for lower in-state tuition at colleges and universities, but 81% of voters oppose such a move in their state. Just 12% think illegal immigrants should be eligible for these tuition breaks in their home state. Opposition to allowing illegal immigrants to be eligible for in-state tuition is slightly stronger than it was back in October 2007.

The vast majority of voters are in direct opposition to the Democrats’ position on educating illegals, but again, the Democrats don’t want the voters to know they are in such a vast majority while the Democrat leadership is holding the extremist position. This issue also definitely hurts Governor Perry as he stands alongside the Democrats (in a “me, too” position) in contradiction to the vast majority of the public.

As I previously reported concerning Voter ID, a subject that heavily overlaps the illegal immigration issue, Hispanics in battleground states support Voter ID by overwhelming numbers. It is important to note that the Hispanic population is arguably the population most impacted by Voter ID and over 7 in 10 Hispanic voters in the battleground states approve of Voter ID. Again, an issue where Democrats stand foursquare with the extreme minority.

In Florida, 88 percent of those surveyed said they support the laws, while just ten percent oppose them. In Colorado 71 percent support the law, while 26 percent oppose, and in New Mexico, 73 percent support the law, while 25 percent oppose. In general, Hispanic voters in Colorado and New Mexico are more liberal than those in Florida. But strong majorities in all three states favor photo ID laws.

The overwhelming support for photo ID contrasts sharply with the intense opposition to such laws in the [Democrat-controlled] Justice Department, the Democratic party, and the civil rights establishment.

Next on the list of numbers Democrats don’t want you to see is the public’s position on ObamaCare. The majority of the public want to repeal ObamaCare, with a 20-point gap over those who want to keep it. Again, the majority of the public view ObamaCare as bad for the country, with an 18-point gap over those who view it as good.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, with 44% who Strongly Favor it. Thirty-six percent (36%) at least somewhat oppose repeal, including 26% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These findings are virtually identical to two weeks ago. A majority of voters have favored repeal of the law in every survey but one since the measure was passed by Congress in March of last year.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters think the health care law will be bad for America. Thirty-four percent (34%) view the legislation as good for the country. Two percent (2%) feel it will have no impact, and 12% remain undecided about it.

This, too, is consistent with previous findings. A majority or plurality of voters have rated the law bad for the country since its passage.

“A majority of voters have favored repeal of the law in every survey but one since the measure was passed by Congress in March of last year.” And that single week where a majority of voters did not favor repeal, still, more voters favored repeal than favored keeping it. So, once again the Democrat leadership is decidedly in the minority in their rock-solid stance in favor of something We the People do not want. And the Republicans tied the Democrats to ObamaCare in the NY-9 and NV-2 special elections, to great effect.

Next up on the ever-growing list of numbers Democrats don’t want you to know is a series of numbers relating to Unions. As most of the population is aware, Unions had major protests (including violence, vandalism, intimidation, terrorist threatening, ethic violations, and other criminal activity) and multi-million-dollar campaign spending (to no avail) in Wisconsin this year. But Unions also had major protests in Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan, Connecticut and elsewhere. But Unions are not all that heavily supported, and even fewer are Union members.

Nearly half of all voters feel Unions are no longer necessary, with an 18-point gap over those who feel Unions are still needed.

Half of American Adults (48%) think labor unions have outlasted their usefulness, but there’s a sharp difference of opinion between Republicans and Democrats on the question.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 30% disagree and say that unions have not outlived their role. Twenty-one percent (21%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These findings are consistent with attitudes found two years ago. At that time, 45% said labor unions actually make America weaker, while 26% believed they make the country stronger and 13% said they have no impact.

Yet while 68% of Republicans and 54% of adults not affiliated with either of the major political parties believe unions have outlived their usefulness, 52% of Democrats still see a need for them.

Among working Americans who do not belong to a union, just 13% would like to join a labor union where they work. That’s up slightly from nine percent in March 2009. Seventy-eight percent (78%) would not like to join a union.

Not only do a vast majority of Republicans feel Unions have outlived their usefulness, but also a clear majority of independent voters feel the same way. Clearly, the Democrat Party is steadfastly promoting the minority position, with the majority of “swing” voters saying Unions are no longer useful.

“Among working Americans who do not belong to a union, just 13% would like to join a labor union where they work.” Again, the vast majority of the public are not interested in being Union members. But how many working Americans belong to a Union? From the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics report, not all that many. And the number is shrinking.

In 2010, the union membership rate–the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union–was 11.9 percent, down from 12.3 percent a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions declined by 612,000 to 14.7 million. In 1983, the first year for which comparable union data are available, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent, and there were 17.7 million union workers.

So, 88.1 percent of US workers are not in Unions and 87 percent of those are not interested in joining a Union. And I can guarantee for a fact that many Union members would strongly prefer to get out of the Union if they could still keep their jobs. I was one of them, as a member of the Teamsters Union twice and a member and Union Steward of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association.

Regarding Boeing specifically, nearly 2/3 of We the People believe Boeing should have the right to open a plant in Right-to-Work South Carolina.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll finds that 64% think Boeing has the right to open the plant in South Carolina while just 21% disagree. When respondents are told that the NLRB believes that opening the plant is an act of retaliation against the union, the numbers barely move. Only 17% think the agency has the right to prevent Boeing from opening the new facility while 64% disagree.

Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly side with Boeing on the issue while Democrats are more evenly divided.

While more than 7-out-of-10 private sector workers believe Boeing should be allowed to operate a new, non-union, facility in South Carolina, only 54% of government employees agree.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of union members agree that Boeing should be allowed to operate the South Carolina production plant.

Non-Union workers overwhelmingly disapprove of the Obama Administration’s strong-arm tactics through the NLRB. Union members disapprove of the Unions and Democrats preventing Boeing from opening a plant in South Carolina by a clear majority. A majority of Government workers agree with the public that Boeing should be able to open a South Carolina plant. Independent voters overwhelmingly side with Boeing and against Obama, NLRB, Union leadership, Democrat leadership. And even the Democrat base is evenly divided on the issue. This places Obama, the Democrat leadership and the Union leadership very far outside the voters’ wishes.

The chart above, from Open Secrets, shows the outrageously disproportionate political power of Unions, with their captive members helping pay for the political power against their will, and the grossly disproportionate political funding for Democrats. Of course, looking at the chart, the numbers get even more egregious. Members of AFSCME (number 2 on the list), SEIU (number 5), NEA (number 6), AFT (number 10), and IAFF (number 29) all get their paychecks courtesy of the taxpayers; therefore, their Union dues and consequently all political campaign money are taxpayer dollars. So, every taxpayer in America is paying taxes to support very powerful Unions’ political campaign activities — that are almost exclusively pro-Democrat in activity. Obviously, the above-listed Unions are not the only Unions in the top 33. There are many other Unions, which also almost exclusively give to Democrat causes — from a position of less than 12 percent of the public.

And as I previously reported, the Communist Party USA requires, in its Constitution, that its members be Union members. And there is no way under the sun that the leadership of the Communist Party USA are mere rank-and-file Union members. They are in leadership positions in the Unions.

Once again, the Democrat Party is fighting foursquare for an agenda that We the People oppose. This is why Democrats in leadership do not want you to know the numbers. This is why the Democrat leadership dishonestly and dishonorably demagogues these issues. Because if the general public became aware of how far off the Democrat Party is from where the general public is, the Democrats would lose a great deal more elections and would become a permanent minority party.

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