Public opinion about important issues like the START Treaty, DADT repeal, the Dream Act are being overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the tax cut deal. That’s probably fortunate for conservatives, because opinion data indicates quite clearly that their positions on these key issues is way out of line with the public’s views, as TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira reports in his current ‘Public Opinion Snapshot’ at the Center for American Progress web pages:
Consider these results from a new Gallup poll where the public was asked how they would vote on various issues if these issues as well as the candidates were on the ballot on Election Day. The public “voted” by 67-28 in favor of allowing gays to serve openly in the military.
And 54 percent of the public said they were in favor of allowing the illegal immigrants who came to this country as children to become legal if they attend college or join the military, compared to 42 percent who were opposed.
Finally, the public said they would vote to ratify the New START treaty with Russia by 21 points, 51-30.
In keeping with the holiday season, no doubt conservatives will be talking up the virtues of peace and brotherhood. Just don’t expect them to do anything to make it a reality when the opportunity is presented.