New Gallup Poll Debunks Myth Of Inevitable Left-Wing Cultural Change
By Tristan Justice – June 9, 2023
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A new Gallup poll out Thursday reveals a shift toward social conservatism not seen in more than a decade.
According to Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs survey conducted May 1-24, social conservatism is entering a renaissance in the United States. With an 8-point jump in the last two years, 38 percent of respondents identified as “very conservative/conservative” on social issues, the highest level since 2012. Just 29 percent claimed to be “very liberal/liberal.”
“The increase in conservative identification on social issues over the past two years is seen among nearly all political and demographic subgroups,” Gallup reported. “The survey comes at a time when many states are considering policies regarding transgender matters, abortion, crime, drug use and the teaching of gender and sexuality in schools.”
It also comes at a time when leftists have, respectfully, lost their minds. The glorification of transgender interventions for children and the guarantee of abortion-on-demand have become hallmarks of the left-wing cultural agenda that alienates Americans.
A new poll out from Summit.org with McLaughlin and Associates in October found that 75 percent, or 3 in 4 Americans, agreed the transgender movement has “gone too far.” This year’s pride month included a clothing line designed by a literal satanist and pro-trans apparel for children. If the polls are in doubt, take a look at Target’s stock in free fall.
Meanwhile, laws passed by Republican legislatures to protect children from the permanent procedures promoted by radical trans activists have provoked left-wing insurrections and other demonstrations at state Capitols across the country, including Tennessee, Montana, Kansas, Kentucky, Florida, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
A more recent poll from The Washington Post published just last month forced the paper to concede that a vast majority of Americans are with Republicans on transgender issues.
“Most Americans support anti-trans policies favored by GOP, poll shows,” read the headline.
“Most Americans don’t believe it’s even possible to be a gender that differs from that assigned at birth,” the Post reported. “A 57 percent majority of adults said a person’s gender is determined from the start, with 43 percent saying it can differ.”
Americans definitely don’t endorse the complete erasure of sex through the admission of men in women’s sports. More than 6 in 10 adults told The Washington Post they do not want biological men in women’s leagues.
On abortion, an overwhelming majority of Americans are turned off by the left’s demand to remove any and all restrictions, which is quite a departure from the Clinton-era “safe, legal, and rare” mantra. As Beth Whitehead wrote in these pages, 72 percent of registered voters surveyed in a Harvard-Harris poll last summer “supported abortion restrictions at least as strict as a ban on abortions after 15 weeks, like the Mississippi law at issue in Dobbs.”
A Knights of Columbus and Marist Poll out last year also found 71 percent of Americans want abortion heavily restricted.
Gallup’s results published Thursday illustrate how culture, just like politics, is a pendulum. Remember that abortion bans were illegal in all 50 states until last summer, when the conservative Supreme Court majority finally overturned the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade. Tides turn. Public opinion changes.
An op-ed published in USA Today this week called on corporations to endorse radical transgenderism and proclaimed “businesses that practice real Pride Month allyship will be on the right side of history.” But will they? The growing population of sterile detransitioners suggests otherwise.
Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist and the author of Social Justice Redux, a conservative newsletter on culture, health, and wellness. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com. Sign up for Tristan’s email newsletter here.