The ongoing effort among far-left activists and so-called “woke” corporations to impose an extreme social agenda onto the public appears to be backfiring.
According to a new Gallup poll, the number of Americans who now identify as “social conservatives” has hit the highest point in a decade. Meanwhile, the number of self-identified social liberals has declined significantly over the past year.
Pollsters determined that 38% of respondents said they were socially conservative, which is five points higher than when the same question was asked last year — and nine points higher than the percentage of people who identify as socially liberal. That number is the highest it has been since 2012.
Last year, the share of liberals and conservatives was evenly split at 33% each.
In a report based on the survey’s findings, Gallup wrote: “For most of the past eight years, Americans were about as likely to say they were liberal as conservative on social issues. This year, there is a more obvious conservative advantage.”
The societal shift can be seen in the widespread backlash against brands like Bud Light and Target based on their controversial embrace of an LGBT ideology that many Americans find extreme.
“Enough. What are you doing?”
Joe Rogan on the public’s response to the Woke corporate marketing failures at Bud Light and Target. pic.twitter.com/Lu5fXHXOuT
— Mythinformed (@MythinformedMKE) June 9, 2023
Gallup pollsters determined that the current trajectory could play to the GOP’s advantage when it comes to advancing laws that rein in some of the far-left policies endorsed by Democratic lawmakers.
“Greater social conservatism may be fostering an environment more favorable to passing conservative-leaning social legislation, especially in Republican-dominated states,” the polling firm explained.
Many such laws have been passed in recent months, including those aimed at protecting children from irreversible treatments and surgeries and removing explicit, age-inappropriate material from public school libraries and classrooms.
While a growing number of Americans support such efforts, LGBT activists have portrayed these state-level proposals as direct assaults on their rights.
The Human Rights Campaign issued a “state of emergency” in response to the laws.
“The multiplying threats facing millions in our community are not just perceived — they are real, tangible and dangerous,” claimed HRC President Kelley Robinson. “In many cases, they are resulting in violence against LGBTQ+ people, forcing families to uproot their lives and flee their homes in search of safer states.”
Alliance Defending Freedom, which was among the conservative organizations named in the statement, called the allegations “slanderous” and Senior Vice President Jeremy Tedesco released a statement declaring: “No amount of false accusations will deter us from our mission.”