I’m not on the Right.
I’m a moderate, a populist, a nationalist and an Independent voter in the Center of the electorate. I’m definitely not a conservative Republican. In 2016, I voted for Donald Trump and became a Market Skeptic Republican. Who are these people? What do they believe?
The American Right is composed of four distinct groups.
The mainstream Right is anchored by the “Core Conservatives” and the “Country First Conservatives” who are respectively 15% and 7% of registered voters. These two groups are overwhelmingly Republican or lean Republican. They are the core of the Republican Party. We are the periphery.
The Market Skeptic Republicans and the New Era Enterprisers are 12% and 11% of registered voters. These two groups are moderate Republicans. The former are the populists and nationalists. The latter are libertarians. They are moderates in opposite ways. The populists are social conservatives and economic moderates. The Alt-Right was drawn from this group. The libertarians are social liberals and economic liberals. The Alt-Lite was drawn from this group. Conservatives are social conservatives and economic liberals. Market Skeptic Republicans and New Era Enterprisers nominated Trump. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were supported by the Core Conservatives and Country First Conservatives.
Core Conservatives are a whiter, wealthier, older and more educated group than Market Skeptic Republicans. They are far less likely to believe that government should help the needy. They are more globalist and pro-immigrant. They are slightly more conservative on race and homosexuality. The overwhelming difference between these two groups is on economic liberalism. 75% of Core Conservatives believe the U.S. economic system is fair compared to 5% of Market Skeptic Republicans.
Market Skeptic Republicans are the most peripheral faction.
They are the least likely group to say the GOP represents their values. Only half believe the GOP cares about the middle class or has high ethical standards. They are far more likely to see the GOP as too extreme on free-market economics and too quick to cut government programs.
The True Cons believe in Principles™.
They believe in MURICA … well, American Exceptionalism.
They believe in the American Dream.
They unironically believe in Zombie Reaganism.
They have a positive view of banks.
So does the rest of the Right … once again, we are the exception.
21% of Core Conservatives think the economic system favors powerful interests. 94% of Market Skeptic Republicans believe this.
46% of Core Conservatives believe economic inequality is a big problem. 86% of Market Skeptic Republicans believe it is a big problem.
88% of Core Conservatives do not believe that government has a responsibility to ensure Americans have health care coverage. Market Skeptic Republicans and New Era Enterprisers are far more moderate on the issue.
When it comes to corporate tax cuts, 51% of Core Conservatives want tax cuts. 40% of Market Skeptic Republicans would rather raise corporate taxes.
67% of Core Conservatives want to lower taxes on large businesses and corporations. 55% of Market Skeptic Republicans want to raise taxes.
Country First Conservatives are the most immigration restrictionist swath of the Right. New Era Enterprisers are more pro-immigrant.
72% of Market Skeptic Republicans want an “America First” foreign policy. 66% of the Country First Conservatives agree.
Market Skeptic Republicans are more moderate on the environment.
In an ideal world, the Republican Party would become more restrictionist on immigration, less interventionist on foreign policy, less globalist on trade, more focused on economic development at home, less cucked on race and political correctness, less obsessed with Israel, more moderate on taxes, health care and the environment and friendlier to the working class and middle class. This was the great hope that Trump represented in the 2016 election and which was stymied by the donor class and Core Conservatives who lost the 2020 election due to their obstinance to change on the policy agenda.