May 1, 2012

THERE'S A REASON THE "LIBERAL" ALWAYS WINS THE GOP NOMINATION:

Five myths about conservative voters (Frank I. Luntz, 4/27/12, Washington Post)

1. Conservatives care most about the size of government.

They may have rallied around President Ronald Reagan's call for smaller government three decades ago -- but it's not the 1980s anymore. Today, conservatives don't want a reduced government so much as one that works better and wastes less.

In a poll we completed among self-identified conservatives just before the 2010 elections,"efficient" and "effective" government clearly beat "less" and "smaller" government. For conservatives, this debate is less about size than about results, along with a demand that elected officials demonstrate accountability and respect for the taxpayer, regardless of whether they're spending $1 million or $1 trillion. They are rallying behind the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) not simply because it cuts the size of government, but because it cultivates accountability. [...]

2. Conservatives want to deport all illegal immigrants.

Conservatives don't want to round up all the illegal immigrants and deport them. They believe in the American dreamand understand that immigrants built our country. That's why conservatives embrace legal immigration. A solid majority believe that there should be an eventual path to earned legal status. [...]

4. Conservatives want to slash Social Security and Medicare.

This charge is at the heart of the Democrats' campaign against the GOP. Take Florida, a key swing state full of conservative seniors. According to an AARP poll there last year, 70 percent of them oppose cuts to Medicare. They want the program strengthened, not dismantled. They know Medicare needs reform, but they want changes to be effective and reasonable.

People tend to confuse conservatives with the Right.



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