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By Rob Schwarzwalder, a Senior Contributor, The Stream, August 19, 2019

Two conservative Supreme Court justices. Many federal court judges committed to the Constitution. A large and overdue tax cut. The ongoing rebuilding of our military. Pro-life initiatives advancing in the states and through the courts.

Conservatives have gained some real political ground over the past two and one-half years. But are we changing minds? We don’t seem to be. And that’s a big problem.

Fewer Conservatives, Just as Many Liberals

According to a January 2019 report by the Gallup polling organization, 35 percent of us identify as conservative. The same percent say they are moderate. Only 26 percent claim to be liberal. But Gallup also notes that while “conservatives continue to outnumber liberals, the gap in conservatives’ favor has narrowed from 19 percentage points in Gallup’s 1992 baseline measurement to nine points each of the past two years.”

Why is conservatism making no real headway? Two big reasons. ….