2-2-10 -- For a couple weeks now O'Reilly has been telling anyone who will listen to him that America is a right-leaning country, and that it is moving even farther to the right. His evidence, the ratings for his show and for other Fox news shows. He also said the poll that shows Fox the most trusted also proves the country has moved to the right.
Even though that poll is flawed, because only Republicans trust Fox the most, the rest of America voted Fox the least trusted. But of course O'Reilly does not report that information, he just spins the poll to fit his agenda. Last week O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Things are changing quickly in the USA. The country is moving to the right, and President Obama may reflect that in his State of the Union address.And now a new Gallup Poll shows that everything O'Reilly said is wrong, and nothing but right-wing propaganda. O'Reilly is ignoring the facts, to spin out his right-wing talking points. Because the facts show that America has a Democratic majority, and it's not even close. But you will never see this poll reported on the Factor, because it shows that O'Reilly is a liar.
February 1, 2010 -- Party ID: Despite GOP Gains, Most States Remain Blue
And for the record, these results are based on data from Gallup Daily tracking in 2009, including interviews with more than 350,000 adults in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.
And now the facts:
-- Overall, 49% of Americans in 2009 identified as Democrats or said they were independent but leaned to the Democratic Party, while 41% identified as Republicans or were Republican-leaning independents.
-- In total, 23 states plus the District of Columbia can be classified as solidly Democratic, with a 10 percentage-point or greater advantage in party affiliation in favor of the Democrats.
Another 10 states can be considered Democratic leaning, in which the state's Democratic supporters outnumber Republican supporters by at least 5 percentage points.
-- Four states are solidly Republican, with a better than 10-point advantage in Republican affiliation. Alabama is the lone Republican-leaning state, with a 6-point advantage in Republican affiliation.
That leaves 12 states that are competitive, with less than a 5-point advantage for either party. Among these 13 states, 6 tilt in a Republican direction. Six tilt toward the Democratic Party.
The Bottom Line
Despite the modest shift toward a decreased affiliation with the Democratic Party and an increased affiliation with the Republican Party in 2009 compared to 2008, the United States remained a Democratically oriented nation last year.
In all, 33 states and the District of Columbia were either solidly Democratic or leaning Democratic in terms of the political party leanings of their residents. Twelve states were fairly evenly balanced between Democratic and Republican supporters, and 5 states were solidly or leaning Republican.
And now you have the facts, not the biased right-wing spin you hear from O'Reilly. The facts show that even with a slight shift towards the Republican party in 2009, America still has a solid Democratic majority.
This proves that O'Reilly is a right-wing liar, because America is not a center right country, it's a left of center country. So now when you hear O'Reilly and his right-wing friends say America is a center right country, you can cite this poll and show them that they are wrong. And you can bet the farm you will never see this poll reported by O'Reilly, or any other Republican.