In a new poll, Esquire/NBC News analysts claim to have discovered a New American Center—a slim majority of Americans who share a set of beliefs. Yesterday, we talked about some of their beliefs. Today, we discuss one of the “fringe” groups—those who are right of this new Center.
The pollsters call them “The Righteous Right” and then, even further to the right, “The Talk Radio Heads.” What are their beliefs?
The Righteous Right gets the label from their strong religious beliefs and conservative attitudes; Talk Radio Heads gets their moniker from the exceedingly close attention they pay to politics and their conservative beliefs. Together, they make up about 28% percent of the America people. They are the conservative base, says Esquire/NBC News.
One thing that unites the conservative base is their deep pessimism about the economy now—and in the future. They are also pessimistic about politics, especially the Talk Radio Heads. Members of the conservative base tend to be anxious, rather than hopeful, about the future of our country.
More than other groups, members of the conservative base consider themselves to be politically conservative in general—and conservative about specific issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. They are also fiscally conservative.
By far, they believe that the government is too intrusive; it does “too many things better left to businesses and individuals.” Three-quarters of the conservative base say that they often feel as though they were “voting for the lesser of two evils.”
Talk Radio Heads are more likely than any of the 8 segments identified by Esquire/NBC News pollsters to say that “people aren’t accountable for their decisions and actions.” They are the least likely to say that “people aren’t compassionate toward one another.”
Do you share beliefs with Talk Radio Heads and the Righteous Right?
Are their beliefs foreign to your own?
What are your opinions about the issues raised today?
PREVIEW: Tomorrow, we’ll discuss the “liberal base” as identified by Esquire/NBC.
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