Polling purely on issues shows that a majority support liberal positions, even if unaware they are choosing the liberal viewpoint or siding with Democrats. This is one reason that Mitt Romney is now hiding the conservative beliefs he ran on, realizing that Republican beliefs are unpopular. One reason that Republicans still manage to win elections is that far too many voters are unaware of what each party supports. A YouGov survey had some rather disappointing findings:
In a recent YouGov poll, I asked participants about their views on abortion policy and what position they thought Obama, Romney, the Democratic Party, and the Republican Party took on abortion. Only about 60% of respondents knew that Obama and the Democrats supported more pro-choice policies than Romney and Republicans. Given that the parties have had clear and long-standing positions on this issue, it’s astonishing that 40% of Americans don’t know this basic fact (other surveys find even higher levels of ignorance).
It doesn’t help matters when the Republicans such as Mitt Romney hide their views and distort the views of others. This includes taking positions entirely different from those he previously ran on to appear more moderate, along with regularly distorting the facts while campaigning and in ads, such as he is now doing regarding the auto industry. Besides being misled on issues such as abortion, voters might easily be fooled into believing that Romney supported the auto bailout which he actually opposed, along with being fooled about the manner in which his policies would severely damage Medicare and Social Security