An Examination of the Election Results
The exit polls show that we are still a center right country, with 34% claiming to be conservative, 44% moderate, and only 22% liberal. When asked if future appointments to the Supreme Court were an important factor in deciding for whom to vote, 7% of respondents said it was the most important factor, and 47% stated that it was an important factor. Curiously, of the 7% of people who stated that the Supreme Court was the most important factor in their vote, 57% voted for Obama. These numbers demonstrate that conservatives could do a better job reminding people of the dangers of judicial activism.
With 63% of voters saying that the economy was their top issue, some might argue that it was a foregone conclusion that voters would overlook judges in this election. But with 78% of voters describing themselves as moderate or conservative, keeping activist judges at bay will remain an important and popular strategy for conservatives in the future.