Which Political Animal Are You?

We all have formulated our political beliefs….but what political group do you fall into?

An expansive new Pew Research Center survey, mostly conducted in July, breaks the American electorate into nine distinct groups, which Pew calls “political typology.” It’s something it’s produced periodically since the 1980s, but the findings released this week are based on a much larger sample size.
Republicans, in this view, are a coalition of four subgroups:
  • Faith and Flag Conservatives.
  • Committed Conservatives.
  • Populist Right.
  • Ambivalent Right.
Democrats are also a coalition of four subgroups:
  • Progressive Left.
  • Establishment Liberals.
  • Democratic Mainstays.
  • Outsider Left.
A large portion of the public — 15% — makes up Pew’s ninth group: Stressed Sideliners. These are people who don’t have a clear partisan orientation, have a mix of conservative and liberal views and may not take part in elections.
I guess by the Pew standards I would be considered an Outsider Left.
Again I ask…..which are you?
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17 thoughts on “Which Political Animal Are You?

  1. By UK standards, I am ‘Hard Left’, or ‘Extreme Left’, depending who is saying it. Even the Communist Party thinks I’m too Far Left. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I guess by the definitions provided I am an Outsider Left, but I wonder how much push it would take to make me a stressed sideliner – simply because neither party is truly serving the needs of the people. It seems unthinkable – at least it did 10 or even 5 years ago.

    1. Maggie…I have been a hard leftist since 1964 and I have never wavered on my principles and that is why I have not voted for a presidential winner since 1976…..chuq

  3. Interesting classifications. In traditional terms I’ve always viewed myself as a Liberal Conservative… siding with being simply a “registered Republican”. I suppose given that definition I could have also been a Conservative Liberal… and been a registered Democrat.
    I think the entire point is, for me at least, that if one sides completely with one side or the other you set up limitations, personal as they may be, but it’s also psychological. If a Republican presents a bill that sounds good for the country and you are a Democrat, what are you going to support.. the bill that is good or fight the bill because it’s origin is Republican? I prefer the option of siding with an issue as being far more important than what party originated a solution, or what their intent was for pushing it.

    It took me 40 years to switch to Independent. So to answer your question.. I’d be somewhere between Committed Conservative and Establishment Liberal… which can be interpreted as a bit of an oxymoron.

    1. Doug we have talked about this on several occasions….an independent is basically a voter that swings between the two parties…..I think we need more diversity. chuq

  4. Yet another framework which takes into account only the two major parties and the proverbial ‘undecided’. It’s the model that makes reporting and commentary easy by lumping everyone into 2-3 boxes. No one else need apply.

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