Following a historic and rancorous government shutdown over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to agree to fund POTUS Donald Trump’s extremely modest border wall request, a new survey finds that voters inÂ both parties want them to move more to the right.
Fox News reported that the survey from the Pew Research Center found that 58 percent of Democrats identified as “moderates” compared to 40 percent who identify as liberals, and wanted their party’s political objectives to reflect that.
Meanwhile, the survey found that just 38 percent of Republicans identified as “moderates” while 58 percent identified as “conservative.”
“Looking ahead, most Republicans want to see their party move in a more conservative direction,” PewÂ noted.
“Nearly six-in-ten Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters (58%) say they want the GOP to move in a more conservative direction, compared with 38% who want it to move in a more moderate direction.”
At the same time,Â “Among Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters, somewhat more say they want the Democratic Party to move in a more moderate (53%) than more liberal (40%) direction.”
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The center noted that the GOP’s rightward shift among voters is not surprising and is “about the same” following national elections.
But the Democratic shiftÂ is significant.
As The Daily Wire notes, correctly,Â Â “the Democrats’ views are perhaps a little surprising given the popularity of some of the fresh faces of the party, particularly Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose self-described ‘democratic socialist’ ideology is radical left.”
Investor’s Business Daily adds:
If so, this could be a welcome corrective for the increasingly left-wing Democrats. As we noted more than a year ago about another Pew Research study, Republicans and Democrats had moved in opposite directionsÂ in recent years when it comes to ideology. Republicans became more conservative, while Democrats became more liberal.
But the data showed something else: It confirmed suspicions among many Americans that the Democrats had gone much farther than Republicans had, shifting far to the left. Republicans, meanwhile, moved only marginally to the right.
Without question, IBD notes further, the Democrat Party has shifted noticably Left — so much so, in fact, that a number of Republicans have opined that Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to move off her position of no money for the president’s border wall just to satisfy her Leftist congressional base.
And that will prove to hamper her — and her party — in 2020.
“It benefits Republicans if the other party is pursuing a revenge agenda,â€ said Tim Chapman of Heritage Action, the New York Post reported. â€œVoters are trying to figure out what can get done in Washington, if anything. Itâ€™s not a good look if nothing can get done while the Democrats are in charge of the House.
I donâ€™t see Pelosi working with Senate leadership on any policies that will benefit the Trump administration,â€ Chapman added. â€œOn that she is in 2020 mode already.â€
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