Recently, many of you participated in a quick political survey I put together, which was conducted with two goals in mind:
- Determine political energy heading into 2018.
- Determine if there are any areas of common ground between liberals and conservatives.
The results of the survey reveal a fascinating look at how liberals and conservatives actually think. All too often, the media narrative paints a picture of an America that is more divided than ever. While it is certainly clear that there are real issues in which Americans disagree, it is also clear from this survey that not every liberal or conservative can be painted with a broad brush.
The survey responses revealed some interesting data.
While the common narrative is that Democrats have an advantage heading into the 2018 midterm elections, the data isn't so conclusive. We asked people who they voted for in the last election, and that vast majority of those who voted for both Clinton and Trump report that they are very likely to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, and that they are likely to stick with their side (Democrats for Clinton voters, Republicans for Trump voters).
If there's trouble on the horizon for Republicans, it might be related to energy for the president himself. Trump voters were less likely to say they will vote for him again in 2020 than Clinton voters were to say they will vote for Democrats. With that said, we're talking about a hypothetical that is years away. Bottom line: I wouldn't bet in favor of either party's success or failure at this point.
View the following slide show to see which side has the most energy heading into 2018, then keep reading to see which issues Clinton versus Trump voters agree on the most.
We asked survey respondents where they fell politically. Respondents could choose between very conservative, conservative, liberal, or very liberal. They could also choose that they were in the middle, but had to pick a side by either saying they were more conservative than liberal, or vice versa.
Perhaps not surprisingly, when given the opportunity, most people identified themselves as being in the middle (about 2/3 of conservative respondents and 1/2 of liberal respondents). This could mean they really are, or perhaps they only wish they are, but either way, it's encouraging news when the common media narrative seems to be that neither side wants to get along.
As for the issues, liberals might be surprised to know that there are a sizable number of Trump voters who side with them on social issues, particularly on gay marriage, transgender issues, and the environment. So much so, it makes one wonder if very socially conservative voters haven't all but lost the public perception battle on these issues. Meanwhile, while the issue of immigration is more polarizing, conservatives also seem to show some sympathy to the liberal viewpoint on the issue of DACA.
Liberals, on the other hand, seem less likely to move on the issues than conservatives, but when they do, they find the most common ground on the issues of trade, the economy, and fighting terrorism.
View the slide show below to see which side Clinton voters and Trump voters said was closest to getting it right on key issues.
Bottom line: while the media narrative (and your Facebook feed) may indicate an America that is more split than ever along liberal and conservative ideological lines, there's a lot more grey area among the electorate than what you might think.