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Progressives vs. Liberals. How are they different


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What's the difference between a progressive and a liberal-- or, to be more specific, someone who calls his or her self a progressive, rather than a liberal.

While waiting for the PA poll results to come in, and trying to distract myself from what have become increasingly obnoxious pundit commentary on MSNBC and CNN, I checked out the latest zogby poll. They offer crosstabs to subscribers and, a few months ago, I subscribed OEN for the 2008 electioin season.

THis is one piece of the latest poll, posted on April 22, 2008, based on phone calls to PA voters:

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Ideology

Total

Prog

Lib

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Mod

Cons

VCons

Libert

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Hillary Clinton

48.7

30.0

49.7

52.9

55.2

76.0

32.4

Barack Obama

42.2

58.5

43.3

38.1

34.5

 

67.6

Someone else

3.6

2.1

1.9

4.9

4.7

12.8

 

NS

5.5

9.4

5.2

4.2

5.6

11.1

 

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

 Liberals support Hilary, while Progressives support Obama, almost two to one. I'm going to speculate that among the progressives who support Hillary, a big majority of them are women.  And look at the total absence of support for Obama among the very conservatives. 

In recent interviews with progressive bloggers, it's become clear that they don't think, based on issue positions and advisors, that Obama is a progressive.

 

Here are some more Zogby poll results that give perspectives on progressives vs. liberals:

 

110. Overall, do you think free trade is good or bad for Pennsylvania?

 

 

Ideology

Total

Prog

Lib

Mod

Cons

VCons

Libert

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Good

33.0

38.9

31.7

32.8

28.0

37.5

50.0

Bad

47.2

41.7

44.9

50.3

51.0

49.6

34.6

NS

19.8

19.5

23.4

17.0

21.0

12.8

15.3

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

 Progressives seem to be the most tolerant of free trade compared to all but the libertarians. That's a surprise to me. 

 These polls are just for PA, and seriously skewed because of the Obama Clinton contest, but the raise interesting questions. What do you think? 

What values are different?

What motivating factors are different?

Who are the progressives? Who are the liberals?

 

 

 

 

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