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AMERICAN VOTERS FAVOR CONSERVATIVE VIEWS ON FAIRNESS AND OPPORTUNITY

May 10, 2012
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Six months before election day, electoral fundamentals favor Republicans according to the latest Resurgent Republic national survey of 1000 registered voters conducted April 30-May 3, 2012. Following are key highlights pertaining to this shift in ideals and the shift towards bipartisanship.




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  1. By an almost two-to-one margin, American voters favor a conservative over a liberal definition of "fairness." Voters were asked to choose between two statements:


    Fairness is making sure the wealthy pay their fair share by increasing their taxes, eliminating loopholes, and giving up special deductions.


    Fairness is making sure everyone pays their fair share, and no one gets bailouts, preferential treatment, or special favors from political cronies.


    Voters choose the second definition by 60 to 34 percent. On this question as on many others, Independents side with Republicans and against Democrats. Republicans prefer the second definition where everyone pays their fair share by 71 to 23 percent, as do Independents by 63 to 31 percent. Democrats prefer the first definition where the wealthy pay their fair share by 49 to 46 percent. Republicans should welcome a debate over "fairness."





  2. By an 18-point margin, Americans want their government to promote a conservative definition of opportunity over a liberal definition of fairness. Voters were asked to choose between two statements:



    Government policies should promote fairness by narrowing the gap between rich and poor, making the rich pay their fair share, and reducing income inequality.


    Government policies should promote opportunity by fostering job growth, encouraging entrepreneurs, and allowing hardworking people to keep more of what they earn.


    Voters choose conservative opportunity over liberal fairness by 57 to 39 percent. Republicans prefer the conservative opportunity message by 73 to 23 percent, as do

    Independents by 63 to 32 percent. Democrats prefer liberal fairness by 58 to 38 percent. Ronald Reagan placed great emphasis on expanding opportunity for all, and it remains a winning message decades later.





Read the full report: Electoral Fundamentals Favor Republicans in 2012




 

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