Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Pew Research Center Political Typology: Where Do You Fit?

Thanks to Randy over at the Progressive Conservative ReView & ReKnew, comes the Pew Research Center Political Typology: Where Do You Fit?, an effort:
... to sort voters into homogeneous groups based on their values, political beliefs and party affiliation. The current report is based on a two-part survey of 2,000 Americans interviewed in December 2004, most of whom were recontacted to follow up on current political issues in March 2005. The new analysis divides the American public into nine distinct groups, each with their own unique outlook on politics and the issues of the day. This is the fourth Political Typology study, following previous studies in 1987, 1994 and 1999.
It is another political quiz (American-centric again) that attempts to determine where you fit within 9 typologies, beyond the "red" versus "blue" groupings.

Now, what's funny is, by American standards I'm a "liberal". Using your responses to matters of policy, it attempts to categorize you based on the respondents to a political study conducted between December 2004 and March 2005.
Basic Description
This group has nearly doubled in proportion since 1999, Liberals now comprise the largest share of Democrats and is the single largest of the nine Typology groups. They are the most opposed to an assertive foreign policy, the most secular, and take the most liberal views on social issues such as homosexuality, abortion, and censorship. They differ from other Democratic groups in that they are strongly pro-environment and pro-immigration, issues which are more controversial among Conservative and Disadvantaged Democrats.

Defining Values
Strongest preference for diplomacy over use of military force. Pro-choice, supportive of gay marriage and strongly favor environmental protection. Low participation in religious activities. Most sympathetic of any group to immigrants as well as labor unions, and most opposed to the anti-terrorism Patriot Act.
I agree with most of this, except the part about the labour unions. While I can respect their place, sometimes they creep me out.

Now this is the third "Liberal/Conservative" test I've taken (#1 here, #2 here), and something I've noticed as quite apparent is that the defining points focus on social issues, and less on fiscal issues (which is what I believe differentiates a Canadian conservative from a Canadian liberal).

Oh well, I'm still a closet Dipper, I guess.

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