Fred Barnes, in his column for “The Weekly Standard”, cites a Winston Group poll which showed that the ideology of the electorate remains center-right, even during the election.
A majority coalition of centrists and conservatives is a long shot for the near future. In Clinton’s case, it didn’t spring into being until his second year in office. But in Obama’s case, the same elements are already present. Pollster David Winston found in a survey last fall that the electorate’s ideology hadn’t changed. Most voters, including independents, remain right of center. This was ratified by the exit poll on Election Day. Only 22 percent identified themselves as liberal, while 34 percent were conservatives and 44 percent moderates.