The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


October 15, 2013

Middle America is not aligned with the polarized politics of Washington, D.C.

Washington is polarized, but what about the rest of the United States?

A new Esquire-NBC News poll insists America isn’t necessarily a nation divided, despite the shutdown situation.

The survey claims a 51 percent majority of Americans belong in the political center.

We can hear the partisans howling: “If you’re not right, you’re wrong.” “Non-progressives are left behind.”

Before you stop reading and turn to Fox News or MSNBC, consider this: The bipartisan “New American Center” survey involved lead pollsters for both Romney and Obama.

The compartmental breakdowns of ideological segments are interesting, even though the left and right only get two categories while the middle hogs four.

Conservative camps include “The Righteous Right” and “The Talk Radio Heads,” while liberal segments include “The Bleeding Hearts” and “The Gospel Left.”

What about America’s midsection? These four categories are “Minivan Moderates,” “The MBA Middle,” “The Pick-up Populists” and “The #WhateverMan.”

Take the survey

The “New American Center” believes the following, according to the survey:

• 76 percent believe the U.S. shouldn’t be the world’s policeman.

• 58 percent are pessimistic about U.S. politics.

• More than 44 percent don’t believe their ideas are represented by Republicans or Democrats.

• They don’t believe they are in the center, either, with 25 percent identifying themselves conservative and 20 percent liberal.

That’s not surprising, as many will debate the political pigeonholing. In this day and age, some centrists don’t agree with the moderates.

“Centrists are not moderate,” The Centrist Party claims on its website, “they are strong, sensible people that care about fairness, justice, value and responsibility. To protect these values, we have created ‘The Centrist Party.’”

Text Only
  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg State of the state: Things are not as good as they could be

    Draper wants to split Cali up into six separate states — Silicon Valley, around the San Francisco Bay Area; Central California, including cities like Bakersfield; West California, including Los Angeles and its suburbs; South California, including San Diego; North California, centered on Sacramento and Jefferson, in the far northern part of the state.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Voters have decisions to make in August races

    Democrats will have two runoffs to decide. One will be choosing their party’s nominee for state superintendent. Freda Deskin will face John Cox. The winner will face Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister in the November general election.
    The other race is for the party nominee to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Jim Rogers will face Connie Johnson. The winner will face Republican nominee U.S. Rep. James Lankford in November.

    July 22, 2014

  • Going postal

    Waukomis residents have the opportunity to have their voices heard in regard to the future of their post office.

    July 22, 2014 1 Story

  • New dorm

    Breaking ground on a new dormitory at Northern Oklahoma College Enid is another step in the evolution of the campus.

    July 20, 2014 1 Story

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg Stars in our eyes

    We caught the vision when, in May of 1961, John F. Kennedy told Congress, and the world, that the space race was no longer to be so one-sided.
    “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” he said.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • thumbs up logo.jpg Thumbs up for northwest Okla. communities, where net taxable sales figures are up

    Net taxable sales were up $1,917,774 in Enid, when compared to sales reported in July 2013. The increase amounted to a 2.6 percent increase in sales tax revenue for the city.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patsy Sorrels.tiff The key to God’s storehouse is in the giving

    Point being, there are a lot of hungry people out there who need to be fed the Bread of Life, and He needs to be served with a smile and a discerning heart.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • David Christy col. use clip.jpg Water, water everywhere?

    As Americans, we have taken water for granted far, far too long. We assume it will always be there, when we turn on the tap.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff’s office, emergency management get new home

    The sheriff’s office and emergency management office will move in October or November to the former Grady Robbins Army Reserve Center on Oxford. The building has been unused since 2011 when the Armed Forces Reserve Center opened at Vance Air Force Base.

    July 18, 2014

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg Airline passengers should not be casualties of war

    Nowhere in the flight attendants’ patter did the word “missile” appear, and the chance their gleaming Boeing 777 would be brutally slapped from the sky likely never even appeared even as a niggling doubt lurking in the darkest corners of the passengers’ minds.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads