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A New Progressive America Center for American Progress

A New Progressive America Center for American Progress

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Published by Michele Austin
The conclusion of this report states the following:
Thus, along with a new demography and a new geography, we have a new policy agenda,
a notably progressive agenda, that is emerging. This new agenda is clearly consistent with
the bold plans and priorities laid out so far by the Obama administration. That does not
mean, however, the administration will necessarily have an easy time implementing these
plans. Conservatives will vigorously oppose these plans at every turn. And among the
public, conservative arguments about government and government programs still remain
considerable strength, as the new Progressive Studies Program report on the State of
American Political Ideology clearly illustrates.

But at this point in our history, progressive arguments are in the ascendancy. Combined
with the continuing demographic and geographic changes tilting our country in a progres-
sive direction, these trends should take America down a very diferent road than has been
traveled in the last eight years. A new progressive America is on the rise.
The conclusion of this report states the following:
Thus, along with a new demography and a new geography, we have a new policy agenda,
a notably progressive agenda, that is emerging. This new agenda is clearly consistent with
the bold plans and priorities laid out so far by the Obama administration. That does not
mean, however, the administration will necessarily have an easy time implementing these
plans. Conservatives will vigorously oppose these plans at every turn. And among the
public, conservative arguments about government and government programs still remain
considerable strength, as the new Progressive Studies Program report on the State of
American Political Ideology clearly illustrates.

But at this point in our history, progressive arguments are in the ascendancy. Combined
with the continuing demographic and geographic changes tilting our country in a progres-
sive direction, these trends should take America down a very diferent road than has been
traveled in the last eight years. A new progressive America is on the rise.

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It is not just growing demographic groups that are tilting toward progressives—it is also
growing areas of the country. By and large, progressives received their strongest increases
in support in the fast-growing, dynamic metropolitan areas of states, particularly the
largest ones. Tis patern swelled their majorities in states that already leaned progressive
and pushed many other states into the progressive column. Conversely, improvements in
conservative performance were generally confned to stagnant or declining areas in rural
or small town America. Te result is a political map with a distinct lean toward progres-
sives, a lean that should increase in coming years.

Tis new geography can be looked at in several diferent ways. One is to look at the
broad national picture—the location and types of states carried by progressives com-
pared to conservatives. Another is to look at types of areas within states, comparing
how progressives did in areas of diferent population sizes and densities, from the urban
cores of large metropolitan areas down to the most thinly-populated rural areas. Finally,
one can look at specifc states that were contested in the 2008 election and see where
within those states shifs toward progressives have occurred. Each of these aspects of the
new geography is explored below.

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