Difference between revisions of "Silent majority"

From Conservapedia
Jump to: navigation, search
(Add. More to come.)
(Add. More to come.)
Line 10: Line 10:
 
===Outcome===
 
===Outcome===
 
While the [[New Left]], antiwar protestors, and [[hippies]] vocally expressed their leftist views, a silent majority of Americans who had not given in to their agenda. In fact, a Gallup poll released soon after Nixon's November 1969 speech showed 77 percent of Americans in favor of Nixon's policy, despite the antiwar protests.<ref name="History"/>
 
While the [[New Left]], antiwar protestors, and [[hippies]] vocally expressed their leftist views, a silent majority of Americans who had not given in to their agenda. In fact, a Gallup poll released soon after Nixon's November 1969 speech showed 77 percent of Americans in favor of Nixon's policy, despite the antiwar protests.<ref name="History"/>
 +
 +
The existence of the silent majority was further seen in the [[United States presidential election, 1972|1972 presidential election]]. Democrats nominated [[George McGovern]], likely the most [[left-wing]] nominee in history at that point. Large numbers of Democrats abandoned the party and its nominee who was not in line with their traditional conservative values and voted for Nixon.<ref name="Britannica">[https://www.britannica.com/event/United-States-presidential-election-of-1972 United States presidential election of 1972]. ''Encyclopædia Britannica''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref> Nixon was successfully able to point out McGovern's extreme views, and he won the election in one of the largest landslides in United States history.<ref name="Britannica"/><ref name="WaPo1972">Broder, David S. (November 8, 1972). [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/watergate/articles/110872-1.htm Nixon Wins Landslide Victory; Democrats Hold Senate, House]. ''The Washington Post''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref> Even traditionally Democrat states, such as [[West Virginia]], [[New York]], and [[Texas]], voted for Nixon (he won 49 states).<ref name="WaPo1972"/> As of 2016, the 1972 presidential election was the 4th largest landslide election in terms of the popular vote, and even larger than the [[United States presidential election, 1964|1964 presidential election]].<ref>[http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/largest-landslide-victories-in-us-presidential-election-history.html Largest Landslide Victories In US Presidential Election History]. ''worldatlas.com''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref>
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 16:23, 18 December 2016

A silent majority is a large amount of people who, as the term implies, constitute a majority or large amount of the population on a certain issue or issues, but have not openly expressed their opinions. This causes the opposing side to appear numerically larger, but the silent majority can often be seen on election days.

Origin of the term

The term "silent majority" first originated under Republican U.S. president Richard Nixon.

Nixon, who was elected president in 1968, promised an end to the Vietnam War.[1] After he assumed office, Nixon decided against a quick withdrawl, as it would severely damage international trust and confidence in American leadership.[1] However, liberal antiwar activists, who wanted a quick withdrawal regardless of its effects, were very unhappy and vocal in their unhappiness, staging at least one major protest in Washington D.C.[1]

On November 3, 1969, Nixon gave a major speech to call for national unity and explain his plan for Vietnamization—to reduce U.S. troop presence in the country until either true peace could be achieved or until the South Vietnamese could defend themselves.[1][2] At the end of his speech, Nixon called on the "great silent majority" to support his plan.[1][2]

Outcome

While the New Left, antiwar protestors, and hippies vocally expressed their leftist views, a silent majority of Americans who had not given in to their agenda. In fact, a Gallup poll released soon after Nixon's November 1969 speech showed 77 percent of Americans in favor of Nixon's policy, despite the antiwar protests.[2]

The existence of the silent majority was further seen in the 1972 presidential election. Democrats nominated George McGovern, likely the most left-wing nominee in history at that point. Large numbers of Democrats abandoned the party and its nominee who was not in line with their traditional conservative values and voted for Nixon.[3] Nixon was successfully able to point out McGovern's extreme views, and he won the election in one of the largest landslides in United States history.[3][4] Even traditionally Democrat states, such as West Virginia, New York, and Texas, voted for Nixon (he won 49 states).[4] As of 2016, the 1972 presidential election was the 4th largest landslide election in terms of the popular vote, and even larger than the 1964 presidential election.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Nixon's "Silent Majority" Speech. chnm.gmu.edu. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Nixon calls on the “silent majority” - Nov. 3, 1969 - This Day in History. History.com. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 United States presidential election of 1972. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Broder, David S. (November 8, 1972). Nixon Wins Landslide Victory; Democrats Hold Senate, House. The Washington Post. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  5. Largest Landslide Victories In US Presidential Election History. worldatlas.com. Retrieved December 18, 2016.

External links