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What is your political typology?

InquilineKeaInquilineKea Posts: 2,309- Member
edited October 2007 in College Confidential Cafe
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  • InquilineKeaInquilineKea Posts: 2,309- Member
    Disaffected

    Based on your answers to the questionnaire, you most closely resemble survey respondents within the Disaffected typology group. This does not mean that you necessarily fit every group characteristic or agree with the group on all issues.

    Disaffecteds represent 9 percent of the American public, and 10 percent of registered voters.

    Basic Description
    Disaffecteds are deeply cynical about government and unsatisfied with both their own economic situation and the overall state of the nation. Under heavy financial pressure personally, this group is deeply concerned about immigration and environmental policies, particularly to the extent that they affect jobs. Alienated from politics, Disaffecteds have little interest in keeping up with news about politics and government, and few participated in the last election.

    Defining Values
    Despite personal financial strain – and belief that success is mostly beyond a person’s control – Disaffecteds are the only moderate supporters of government welfare and assistance to the poor. Strongly oppose immigration as well as regulatory and environmental policies on the grounds that government is ineffective and such measures cost jobs.

    Who They Are
    Less educated (70% have attended no college, compared with 49% nationwide) and predominantly male (57%). While a majority (60%) leans Republican, three-in-ten are strict independents, triple the national rate. Disaffecteds live in all parts of the country, though somewhat more are from rural and suburban areas than urban.

    Lifestyle Notes
    Somewhat higher percentage report having a gun in the home than the national average, and 42% report someone in their house has been unemployed in the past year.

    2004 Election
    Bush 42%, Kerry 21%. Nearly a quarter (23%) said they didn’t vote in the last election.

    Party ID
    68% Independent/No Preference, 30% Republican, 2% Democrat (60% Rep/LeanRep)

    Media Use
    Disaffecteds have little interest in current events and pay little attention to the news. No single medium or network stands out as a main source.

    Note: All descriptions and percentages are based on the national sample of adults surveyed by telephone in December.

    In the overall typology there is a ninth group called “Bystanders” who are defined as adults who are not registered, who do not follow news about government and public affairs, and who say they rarely or never vote.
  • fencersmotherfencersmother Posts: 1,972Registered User Senior Member
    Inq: do you think this actually fits you?
  • indianbasketballindianbasketball Posts: 301Registered User Junior Member
    Enterpriser
    Based on your answers to the questionnaire, you most closely resemble survey respondents within the Enterpriser typology group. This does not mean that you necessarily fit every group characteristic or agree with the group on all issues.

    Enterprisers represent 9 percent of the American public, and 10 percent of registered voters.

    Basic Description
    As in previous studies conducted in 1987, 1994 and 1999, this extremely partisan Republican group’s politics are driven by a belief in the free enterprise system and social values that reflect a conservative agenda. Enterprisers are also the strongest backers of an assertive foreign policy, which includes nearly unanimous support for the war in Iraq and strong support for such anti-terrorism efforts as the Patriot Act.
  • fencersmotherfencersmother Posts: 1,972Registered User Senior Member
    indianbasketball, I'm an enterpriser, too.
  • yeahallieyeahallie Posts: 1,232Registered User Senior Member
    Liberal
    Based on your answers to the questionnaire, you most closely resemble survey respondents within the Liberal typology group. This does not mean that you necessarily fit every group characteristic or agree with the group on all issues.

    Liberals represent 17 percent of the American public, and 19 percent of registered voters.

    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.

    Who They Are
    Most (62%) identify themselves as liberal. Predominantly white (83%), most highly educated group (49% have a college degree or more), and youngest group after Bystanders. Least religious group in typology: 43% report they seldom or never attend religious services; nearly a quarter (22%) are seculars. More than one-third never married (36%). Largest group residing in urban areas (42%) and in the western half the country (34%). Wealthiest Democratic group (41% earn at least $75,000).

    Lifestyle Notes
    Largest group to have been born (or whose parents were born) outside of the U.S. or Canada (20%). Least likely to report having a gun at home (23%) or attending bible study or prayer group meetings (13%).

    2004 Election
    Bush 2%, Kerry 81%

    Party ID
    59% Democrat; 40% Independent/No Preference, 1% Republican (92% Dem/Lean Dem)

    Media Use
    Liberals are second only to Enterprisers in following news about government and public affairs most of the time (60%). Liberals’ use of the internet to get news is the highest among all groups (37%).





    ...I am so not surprised I got this.
  • InquilineKeaInquilineKea Posts: 2,309- Member
    Inq: do you think this actually fits you?

    No it doesn't. :p I pretty much tied between disaffected and liberal (a tweaking of ~ 2 responses marked me as liberal) but description notwithstanding, I think I would consider myself disaffected (even though the description certainly doesn't fit me at all)
  • Sheed30Sheed30 Posts: 12,425Registered User Senior Member
    Enterpriser

    Based on your answers to the questionnaire, you most closely resemble survey respondents within the Enterpriser typology group. This does not mean that you necessarily fit every group characteristic or agree with the group on all issues.

    Enterprisers represent 9 percent of the American public, and 10 percent of registered voters.

    Basic Description
    As in previous studies conducted in 1987, 1994 and 1999, this extremely partisan Republican group’s politics are driven by a belief in the free enterprise system and social values that reflect a conservative agenda. Enterprisers are also the strongest backers of an assertive foreign policy, which includes nearly unanimous support for the war in Iraq and strong support for such anti-terrorism efforts as the Patriot Act.

    Defining Values
    Assertive on foreign policy and patriotic; anti-regulation and pro-business; very little support for government help to the poor; strong belief that individuals are responsible for their own well being. Conservative on social issues such as gay marriage, but not much more religious than the nation as a whole. Very satisfied with personal financial situation.

    Who They Are
    Predominantly white (91%), male (76%) and financially well-off (62% have household incomes of at least $50,000, compared with 40% nationwide). Nearly half (46%) have a college degree, and 77% are married. Nearly a quarter (23%) are themselves military veterans. Only 10% are under age 30.

    Lifestyle Notes
    59% report having a gun in their homes; 53% trade stocks and bonds in the stock market, and 30% are small business owners – all of which are the highest percentages among typology groups. 48% attend church weekly; 36% attend bible study or prayer group meetings.

    2004 Election
    Bush 92%, Kerry 1%. Bush’s most reliable supporters (just 4% of Enterprisers did not vote)

    Party ID
    81% Republican, 18% Independent/No Preference, 1% Democrat (98% Rep/LeanRep)

    Media Use
    Enterprisers follow news about government and politics more closely than any other group, and exhibit the most knowledge about world affairs. The Fox News Channel is their primary source of news (46% cite it as a main source) followed by newspapers (42%) radio (31%) and the internet (26%).
  • Mr PayneMr Payne Posts: 8,850Registered User Senior Member
    Enterpriser. Don't watch Fox News (BBC/CNN/Comedy Central/blogs). Atheist.
  • firewalkerfirewalker Posts: 2,409- Senior Member
    Disaffected as well.

    Don't agree with the description, however.
  • andreaaaaaaandreaaaaaa Posts: 7,930Registered User Senior Member
    as expected. basically this entire description fits me.
    Liberal

    Based on your answers to the questionnaire, you most closely resemble survey respondents within the Liberal typology group. This does not mean that you necessarily fit every group characteristic or agree with the group on all issues.

    Liberals represent 17 percent of the American public, and 19 percent of registered voters.

    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.

    Who They Are
    Most (62%) identify themselves as liberal. Predominantly white (83%), most highly educated group (49% have a college degree or more), and youngest group after Bystanders. Least religious group in typology: 43% report they seldom or never attend religious services; nearly a quarter (22%) are seculars. More than one-third never married (36%). Largest group residing in urban areas (42%) and in the western half the country (34%). Wealthiest Democratic group (41% earn at least $75,000).

    Lifestyle Notes
    Largest group to have been born (or whose parents were born) outside of the U.S. or Canada (20%). Least likely to report having a gun at home (23%) or attending bible study or prayer group meetings (13%).

    2004 Election
    Bush 2%, Kerry 81%

    Party ID
    59% Democrat; 40% Independent/No Preference, 1% Republican (92% Dem/Lean Dem)

    Media Use
    Liberals are second only to Enterprisers in following news about government and public affairs most of the time (60%). Liberals’ use of the internet to get news is the highest among all groups (37%).
  • IcarusIcarus Posts: 4,336Registered User Senior Member
    Enterpriser, here.... interesting that some things fit me very well, such as "Assertive on foreign policy and patriotic; anti-regulation and pro-business; very little support for government help to the poor; strong belief that individuals are responsible for their own well being. ", driven by a belief in the free enterprise system and social values that reflect a conservative agenda. and the whole well-off white male gun owner bit.

    However, I'm atheist, weakly pro-choice (need to think a lot more about it before I become strongly one way or the other), and overall libertarian about social issues (am totally fine with gay marriage, think government and religion have no business together, and think people should be able to do more or less what they want - own automatic weapons, have 10 consenting wives/husbands, etc. - as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of others.
  • Mr PayneMr Payne Posts: 8,850Registered User Senior Member
    Enterprising is arguably the closest to a libertarian, so I'm not surprised that self-described libertarians are getting that result.
  • futurenyustudentfuturenyustudent Posts: 5,366Registered User Senior Member
    I'm a self-described libertarian but I'm getting liberal....maybe it has something to do with the environmental thing.

    I'm pro-choice, pro-gay rights, anti-war under any circumstances (say self-defense and maybe we'll talk), despise the PATRIOT Act with a passion, think that Bush should be fired then jailed, am atheist, support moderate environmental regulation, much, much smaller government, support the abolition of income taxes (along with the IRS), support moderate gun control (safety locks), and support stronger environmental standards. I'm so.....full of contradictions....
  • InquilineKeaInquilineKea Posts: 2,309- Member
    support moderate environmental regulation
    and support stronger environmental standards

    lawl, it sounds somewhat contradictory, but it makes sense now, stronger environmental standards than what exist now are defined as moderate. :p
  • raimiusraimius Posts: 2,360Registered User Senior Member
    Enterpriser...and yes, I classify myself as a moderate libertarian.
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