A Liberty-ish Look at Bing Political Index

The Bing Political Index is not super helpful in determining where we are on issues based on Freedom. The main problem is it is on a left-right scale. Sometimes neither side is really on the side of freedom. But hey, they added Gary Johnson to the Bing Political Index, so we’ll have a look anyway. To provide the most contrast, we included screenshots of the US public trend line compared to the most extreme state in the liberty-ish direction we could find on the issue. The grey line is the US public.Everything in this post should be taken with a grain of salt.

If you look at the winning issues versus losing issues, the winning issues are the issues that politicians are harping on. However, very often the US Public reacts negatively to these politicians’ stance on the issue. It seems like the more politicians push a given issue, even if they are not on the liberty side, the US public seems more inclined to take the liberty-ish side.

Winning

Prohibition

Drug Policy

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Surprisingly the issue that has the most support in the freedom direction as far as number of states is drug policy. Every state is blue except Mississippi, Texas, and South Carolina, and they are all light red. I am not sure why South Carolina is still red. You would think the issue would have received the Colbert bump. The trend analysis shows that this has been a slow change for most of America.

Firearms

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Despite current events, the majority of the public still do not favor gun control. It seems that efforts to politicize these events may have backfired.

Immigration

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Most states are either slightly conservative or progressive on immigration. The country as a whole is moving more progressive on immigration.

LGBT Rights

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While Gary Johnson has demonstrated how this issue may morph into a non-liberty based issue, America has shown more of a tendency to embrace the idea that human rights should be universal and not depend on sexual orientation.

Healthcare

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Sentiments against government run health appear to be waning but still fall on the side of conservative for most of the country.

Losing

Taxation

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The most disheartening data on the Bing Political Index is on taxation. Despite the flood of Taxation is Theft memes this April, little movement is observed on taxation. The most troubling is the data for MS, which is scarily becoming more progressive on taxation. However, there may be pockets of success if you look at the data more closely.

Social Security

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While it the US public is on the progressive side on social security, it is really close to the middle.

Education

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It does not look like the anti-Common Core pro-school choice propaganda has moved most of the nation much against the current paradigm about education. Perhaps if they addressed the root of the issue instead of swinging at the branches more would be accomplished on this issue.

Environment

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While many states tend to be on the conservative side on this issue, most Americans are on the progressive side. This is a difficult issue for libertarians to address. While libertarians would rather not have government interference in the issue and would rather empower individuals and non-profit organizations to find the best ways to protect the environment and fund it voluntarily, we do recognize that the government has not done the best job protecting the environment and has a tendency to favor business interest at the expense of the will of the majority.

 

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