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Number cruncher: US voters—not so right wing

New research shows that the Republicans, Tea party and Fox News have not persuaded more Americans to support right-wing views

By Peter Kellner   December 2010

Have voters in the US veered sharply to the right? The Republicans’ victories in the midterms suggest they have. Not so, according to research by YouGov’s US company. Late in the campaign we repeated a number of questions we first asked in early 2008, as the Obama bandwagon gathered momentum. We also asked the same questions in Britain. Four big conclusions emerge.

The Republicans, Tea party and Fox News have not persuaded more Americans to support right-wing views. Compared with 2008, fewer Americans today reject evolution or believe that abortion should always be illegal. Forty-eight per cent of all Americans…

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