NEWS AND OPINIONS:
Take note: The number of Democrats who consider themselves politically liberal has hit a new high, according to a Gallup poll.
“After hovering around 50% in recent years, the percentage of Democrats who consider themselves politically liberal rose four percentage points in 2022 to 54%, a new high for the group. At the same time, 10% of those who consider themselves conservative is the lowest to date. Thirty-six percent consider their views to be moderate, which is typical of the level recorded for Democrats over the past decade,” wrote Lydia Saada Gallup analyst.
“Over the long term, Democrats have been increasingly liberal since at least the mid-1990s, when Gallup began regularly tracking the ideological views of party groups. In 1994, the share of liberals was 25%; by 2010 it had grown to 40%, by 2017 to 50%,” she said.
Ms. Saad cited the responses of 10,736 American adults, which were revealed in aggregate data from 11 separate Gallup polls conducted in 2022 from January to December. The results are based on responses from 2,943 Democrats, 3,296 Republicans and 4,307 independents.
Any governor set his sights on the 2024 presidential election?
“Let’s fast forward to 2024. Your bio on our official page as governor describes you as, quote, a confidant of former President Trump. Have you talked to him about his 24 year run? Will you support him?” Fox News anchor Shannon Brim asked the governor of Arkansas. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Sunday.
“I’m focused on 2022, winning the election in November, preparing for the transition and taking office,” the governor replied.
“I love President Trump. I have a great relationship with him. I know our country would be much better off if he were in office now instead of Joe Biden,” she said.
“But right now, my focus is not on 2024, but on doing everything I can to empower the people of this state and making sure I deliver on the promises I’ve made over the last two years,” the governor said.
Ms. Brim, however, referred to a New York Times report that said Mrs. Sanders was “auditioning for vice presidents” in a possible “Trump-Sanders ’24” matchup, or even a candidate under Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“The only thing I’m focused on as a team is doing what we set out to do,” Ms. Sanders replied.
She served as White House press secretary from 2017 to 2019 and is the daughter of a former Arkansas governor. Mike Huckabeewho ran for president in 2008 and 2016.
IT’S MLK DAY, OFFICIALLY
On November 2, 1983, then-Pres Ronald Reagan signed a bill on honoring the federal holiday Martin Luther King Jr., which will be celebrated on the third Monday in January.
“The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday honors the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We also honor the timeless values he taught us by example—the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility, and service that so vividly defined Dr. King’s character and strengthened his leadership. On this holiday, we honor the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness, and nonviolence that fueled his revolutionary spirit,” advises GovInfo.gov, a service of the U.S. Government Publishing Office.
“Dr. King envisioned a different future for America—an America he called the ‘Beloved Community.’ Building a beloved community required a key shift in human understanding. It meant looking beyond external differences to see the union of all humanity. It also meant finding a way to deal with our grievances without hostility, in a way that recognizes the interconnectedness of all humanity and allows us to move forward together,” the White House 2023 declaration advises.
“On this day of remembrance, service and action, let’s hold up a mirror to America and ask ourselves: What kind of country do we want to be?” the proclamation asked.
Meanwhile, according to an Economist/YouGov poll conducted Jan. 8-10 of 1,500 American adults, 69% of American adults believe King’s 1963 speech is “still relevant.”
WHILE IN SWITZERLAND
Former vice president Al Gore is a member of the board of trustees of the 53rd annual World Economic Forum, which is set to begin Monday in Davos, Switzerland, and is themed “Cooperation in a Fractured World.
Among other things, the concept of “Global Cooperation Village” will be presented at the forum – described as a “presence in the meta-universe to strengthen global cooperation”.
Lest we forget, Mr Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his climate activism and is described as the “agenda-setter” for the event, which will host 2,658 attendees.
“Today, the world is at a critical turning point. The COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have shaken an already fragile global system. Economic growth in the world’s largest economies is slowing as they brace against rising food and energy prices. For the first time since the 1970s, the world is facing a precarious balance, with growth and inflation moving in opposite directions,” the host organization said in a statement.
He predicts that the planet may be headed for a “decade of uncertainty and fragility” but promises to “reaffirm the value and necessity of dialogue and public-private cooperation” and “advance tangible, system-positive changes over the long term.”
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POLL DU JOUR
• 44% of US adults say they “never” wore a face mask outside the home in the past seven days; 61% of Republicans, 44% of independents and 30% of Democrats agree.
• 26% say they have worn a face mask “some time” outside the home; 22% of Republicans, 26% of independents and 29% of Democrats agree.
• 15% say they wear a mask “most of the time”; 8% of Republicans, 16% of independents and 21% of Democrats agree with this.
• 15% say they “always” wear a mask; 9% of Republicans, 14% of independents and 21% of Democrats agree.
SOURCE: Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 American adults, conducted Jan. 8-10.
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