A belief in individual freedoms is supposed to be the bedrock of conservative thinking.
But that’s simply not so.
The pattern here is unmistakable.
While the numbers are almost all pluralities with large numbers taking middle positions – Republicans and conservatives are consistently much more likely to think that rights have been expanded too far while Democrats and liberals are much more likely to think they have been restricted too harshly.
On these three key issues conservatives display much greater antipathy to freedom than Democrats/liberals do.
What’s more it’s negative freedom — a supposed conservative value — that they object to.
They want more restrictions placed on people.
They want to place more power in the hands of the state — to control the press – to stifle citizens’ criticism and to limit voting.
There should be nothing surprising in any of this.
Conservatives everywhere around the globe tend to share these same tendencies.