What does a moderate voter look like?


Moderate voters hold middle ground positions
in an era of extreme politics. The Democratic Party has been driven to the
left, Republicans rushed to the right. It’s the politics of entrenchment. It’s a war. Moderate voters are in the demilitarized zone
— a shared space, not given to media — magnetizing provocations. Moderates see many sides of complex issues. According to a 2014 poll by Third Way, which
advocates for Center Left stances, “They see both parties as overly ideological and wish
politicians would compromise more.” We see that opinion show up a lot in polls
about compromising, but by their very nature, these people aren’t marching in the streets
and turning cities upside down to demand hand-holding. Instead, they operate, and vote, usually alone. Many moderates also are swing voters. The Third Way poll found that 33 percent of
them vote equally for Republicans and Democrats. It depends on the issue, it depends on the
candidate. That’s why every four years, after revving
up their base with supercharged partisanship, the major presidential candidates try to recruit
moderates to strengthen their ranks and give them the winning edge. And it’s going to happen again in 2020 because
they need the mythical moderates. How many of these actually exist is difficult
to say because polls peg the population at about 33-40 percent of the electorate. Exit polls on Election Day 2016 found that
39 percent of respondents said their political ideology is moderate. Let’s do a comparison. That number was 41 percent in 2012, 44 percent
in 2008 and 45 percent in 2004, and in those cases they always split for Democrats. A few groups are moderate strongholds, Third
Way found: Moderates represent the biggest voting bloc of Hispanic and nonwhite voters,
plus millennials. And one more thing important to note here:
“Moderates” and “independents” are not always synonymous. Some independents have strong liberal or conservative
political ideologies. Some are swing voters. While self-identified moderates we’ve seen
have fallen over the years, Gallup found in 2017 that 42 percent of Americans now call
themselves independents. That’s up from 39 percent in 2016. Looking ahead to 2020, it says, “Greater political
independence could mean voters are more likely to act as free agents when casting ballots
in federal elections.” The battle for these swing voters is likely
to be more intense than ever, just as the parties pull further apart.

Maurice Vega

35 Responses

  1. I had to leave the Democrat Party after they turned into The Thought Police. I consider myself a Moderate now

  2. Why doesn't this have more views, this is very educational and very synonymous with the suppression of the American Moderate.

  3. I am a Moderate Republican in a conservative state of Alaska yet I believe that we moderate voters can change the political system

  4. There are moderates who think the truth can always be found in the middle of every argument. But the PC count on this as a tactic to gain a little ground every single time, which en masse becomes a long-term strategy. If you push back, they accuse. Don't fall for it. I don't like conflict either, but some issues deserve it. Fight for what YOU know is right.

  5. I’m a Moderate Democrat from NYS and I vote for issues I think are more important to me along with the candidate I believe is the best option. I’m liberal when in comes to economic views (taxation, social programs, social security, Medicare/Medicaid, etc.) and conservative when it comes to social views (Anti gay marriage, pro life, God in public sphere, deporting all illegal immigrants, etc.). I believe climate change is a real and serious threat and going 100% clean and renewable energy by the 2050s. I also support gun laws/regulations as in background and psychological checks and banning assault weapons.

  6. Im a moderate/centrist from NYC. I used to be a leftist but was eventually kicked out due to agreeing in policies such as kicking all illegal aliens, opposing socialism, and etc. I’m center right when it comes to economics (privatizing the school system, lower regulations, lower taxes, in favor of capitalism, cutting benefits for illegals, and etc. but in support of social programs like Medicare and Medicaid) but center left on social issues (in favor of same sex marriage, pro choice, some social programs, believe in climate change, some gun control, and etc.).

  7. Well if they compromised it would just be a right wing position.

    I still don’t understand the argument that “moderates” are in the middle.

  8. Smash all centrists
    If you view either the platforms of the Democrats or Republicans and "extreme" or "radical" then you shouldnt be involved in political discourse

  9. The Democrats are too far left I heard that some of them don't even support genocide or Saudi Arabia some even wanna pardon whistleblowers some of them are against apartheid in Israel some are against funding countries that fund isis like Saudi Arabia some don't consider George HW Bush to be an American hero for bombing a shelter some super extreme ones are against slaughtering animals for fun Democrats are really insane

  10. Lefties- irrational and wavering in their beliefs. Right wingers- delusional and stubborn in their beliefs. Is there a moderate party in Australia?

  11. Moderates assume that a middle position on everything is best. It’s a irrational fallacy that leads to policies like wanting to do “something” about the impending climate disaster for example, but not enough to actually avoid the existential threat to the planet.

  12. The USA needs a true Centre party. They could sway a large portion in the congess and while maybe not get presidency, moderate the Democrats and Republicans.

  13. I feel like I'm a moderate Democrat, there certain issues in both parties I don't agree with,but I tend to lean slightly more Democrat than Republican,but at least I vote. That's what counts,can't bitch, if you didn't vote

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