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Most U.S. Voters Prefer Politicians Who Disagree with Their Values and Policies. Why?

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Pollingreport.com  has the results of hundreds of recent polls on just about every political subject imaginable; and the results on the vast majority of the polling questions produce liberal responses. 

For example, when the Pew Research Center polled during Feb. 12-26 on the question "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?" 54% said "Yes," and only 42% said "No."

When Quinnipiac University polled during March 26-31 on "Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?" 18% said "Approve," but when that same poll asked "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Democrats in Congress are handling their job?" 30% said "Approve."

When Bloomberg polled on March 7-10 on "In thinking about the gap between the rich and everyone else, do you think it would be better for the government to implement policies designed to shrink that gap, or better for the government to stand aside and let the market operate freely even if the gap gets wider?" a bare plurality of 45% chose "Government implement policies," while a bare minority of 43% chose "Let market operate freely."

When that same poll asked, "please tell me if you favor or oppose the idea" of "Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next three years," 69% chose "Favor," and only 28% chose "Oppose." When that same poll asked about, "Extending unemployment benefits beyond the current term," 52% chose "Favor," and 45% "Oppose."

When the CNN poll asked on January 31-Feb. 2, "Do you think the policies of Barack Obama and the Democrats, or George W. Bush and the Republicans, are more responsible for the country's current economic problems?" 34% blamed "Obama, Democrats," while 44% blamed "Bush, Republicans."

When that same poll asked, "Do you think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?" only 20% chose the Republican position, "Aways illegal." 51% chose the Democratic position, "Sometimes legal." And 27% chose the position "Always legal," which would go beyond both the Supreme Court's Roe-Wade decision and the Democratic Party's position.

When the Gallup poll on March 7-10 asked "Do you think the U.S. government is doing too much, too little, or about the right amount in terms of protecting the environment?" 47% said "Too little" (the Democratic position) and only 16% said "Too much" (the Republican position: "Drill, baby drill!").

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When the CBS/NYT poll on Feb. 19-23 asked, "In general, do you think laws covering the sale of guns should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?" 54% said "More strict (the Democratic position), and only 9% said "Less strict" (the Republican position).

However, on a few issues, Americans choose the conservative position:

For example, when the Quinnipiac poll on 28-31 July 2013 asked "Some states have a law that says a person is legally entitled to fight back with deadly force if they feel threatened, even if they could retreat instead. Do you support or oppose this law for your state?" 53% chose the Republican position, "Support," and only 40% chose the Democratic position, "Oppose."

On the vast majority of polled questions, Americans show that they favor the liberal or Democratic position, and oppose the conservative or Republican position.

If the public were rational, Democrats would overwhelmingly control the U.S. Government. Even on polled support or self-identification by voters regarding the two Parties, Democrats have always had a lead, usually a substantial lead. On 8 January 2014, Gallup bannered  "Record-High 42% of Americans Identify as Independents: Republican identification lowest in at least 25 years," and reported that, "Republican identification fell to 25%, the lowest over that time span. At 31%, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36% in 2008."

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However, Republicans win most "elections"; and most predictions for this November are for Republicans to win control in the Senate and expand their control in the House. Why is this?

On January 10th, Gallup bannered,  "Liberal Self-Identification Edges Up to New High in 2013," and reported that 38% of Americans self-identified as "Conservative," and only 23% self-identified as "Liberal." 43% of Democrats said they were "Liberal," but 70% of Republican self-identified as "Conservative." Ever since Ronald Reagan, conservative self-identification is much stronger.

For decades, most voters self-describe as "Conservative" and yet most voters also self-describe as "Democrat," though those two identities oppose each other, and though Americans are actually overwhelmingly liberal on the issues.

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