Friday, May 26, 2017

How Many Liberals in US

If you use the 2016 election as a guide, the US voters are split 50-50 with half being Liberal and half Conservative. But there are ideological and sub-culture groups with politically active inclinations worth knowing about.

Socialist Party USA
According to the party's first chairman, Frank Zeidler, the party had around 500 members nationwide in 1975. The Socialist Party experienced substantial growth during the late 1970s and early to mid-1980s, expanding from only around 600 dues-paying members to around 1,700. In 2008, WMNF claimed that the party had around 3,000 paying members. However, in 2010 a Common Dreams article suggested that the organization had only 1,000 members with party members claiming it to be an increase in the amount of members. A New York Times article in May 2011 stated that the party has "about 1,000 members nationally". In February 2012, an article from The Root stated that the Party had a "membership around 1,500".

Communist Party USA
U.S. voters overwhelmingly reject the ideology that contended for world dominance for much of the 20th Century.
Still, 11% of Likely U.S. Voters think communism is morally superior to the U.S. system of politics and economics, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Government Employees
There were 21,995,000 employed by federal, state and local government in the United States in August, according to BLS. By contrast, there were only 12,329,000 employed in the manufacturing sector. The BLS has published seasonally-adjusted month-by-month employment numbers for both government and manufacturing going back to 1939. In the first 50 years of the 76-year span since then, manufacturing out-employed government. But in August 1989, government overtook manufacturing as a U.S. employer. That month, government employed 17,989,000 and manufacturing employed 17,964,000. Since then, government employment has increased 4,006,000 and manufacturing employment has declined 5,635,000.

The Pew Religious Landscape survey reported that as of 2014, 22.8% of the U.S. population is religiously unaffiliated, atheists made up 3.1% and agnostics made up 4% of the U.S. population. The 2014 General Social Survey reported that 21% of Americans had no religion with 3% being atheist and 5% being agnostic.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans' 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.

Not all Atheists and Gays are Liberal, but the politically active folks in these groups are Liberal. Not all government employees are Liberal, but there is evidence that most federal employees are Liberal.

The number of people in prisons and jails remains at about 2.3 million with 200,000 in federal prisons.

Not all prisoners are Liberals, but they are vulnerable.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

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