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May 11, 2005

Take the Pew Test

By Byron LaMasters

Take it, here. They call me a liberal. Shocker. What are you?

Posted by Byron LaMasters at May 11, 2005 11:02 PM | TrackBack


I'm a liberal, too (surprise, surprise). :) I'm glad that I'm in good company.

Posted by: Andrea Meyer at May 12, 2005 12:32 AM

I think I broke it!

"Conservative Democrat

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

Conservative Democrats represent 14 percent of the American public, and 15 percent of registered voters.

Basic Description
Conservative Democrats’ religious orientation and conservative views on many social and political issues set this group apart from the other Democratic-leaning groups, Liberals and Disadvantaged Democrats. Conservative Democrats’ views are moderate with respect to key policy issues such as foreign policy, regulation of the environment and the role of government in providing a social safety net. Their neutrality on assistance to the poor is linked, at least in part, to their belief in personal responsibility.

Defining Values
Less extreme on moral beliefs than core Republican groups, but most oppose gay marriage and the acceptance of homosexuality, and support a more active role for government in protecting morality. No more conservative than the national average on other social issues such as abortion and stem-cell research. Most oppose the war in Iraq, but views of America’s overall foreign policy are mixed and they are less opposed to Bush’s assertive stance than are other Democratic groups.

Who They Are
Older women and blacks make up a sizeable proportion of this group (27% and 30%, respectively). Somewhat less educated and poorer than the nation overall. Allegiance to the Democratic Party is quite strong (51% describe themselves as “strong” Democrats) but fully 85% describe themselves as either conservative or moderate ideologically.

Lifestyle Notes
46% attend church at least once a week, 44% attend Bible study or prayer group meetings, a third (34%) have a gun in their house.

2004 Election
Bush 14%, Kerry 65%.

Party ID
89% Democrat, 11% Independent/No Preference, 0% Republican,(98% Dem/Lean Dem)

Media Use
Emphasis on traditional providers as main news sources: newspapers (50%) and network TV news (42%)."

Posted by: Jim D at May 12, 2005 02:23 AM

I think what they did was combine New Democrats and Conservative Democrats (they use to be different categories in the last Pew study).

I think that's a bad decision on Pew's part.

Posted by: Jim D at May 12, 2005 02:25 AM

So Shocking.

Posted by: comeon at May 12, 2005 08:40 AM


It is interesting that Liberals, at 19%, represent the largest single block of registered voters in this breakdown. Also, Liberals were the only group where all of their key beliefs were supported by a majority of the general population.

- Relying too much on military force to defeat terrorism creates hatred that leads to more terrorism: Gen Pop 51%, Lib 90%
- I worry the government is getting too involved in the issue of morality: Gen Pop 51%, Lib 88%
- Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost: Gen Pop 60%, Lib 89%
- Poor people have hard lives because government benefits don't go far enough to help them live decently: Gen Pop 52%, Lib 80%

Posted by: Jeb at May 12, 2005 09:27 AM

Enterpriser hear. No surprises there for me, either.

Where I differ: Conservative on social issues such as gay marriage, but not much more religious than the nation as a whole.

First, I'm agnostic and my wife's an atheist> So, we're considerably less religous than the nation as a whole. Secondly, on some conservative issues, I'm quite liberal. I am not opposed to gay marriage (and think that gay and bisexual families should be allowed to be foster parents) and am solidly pro-choice.

But most of the other descriptions are pretty accurate.

Posted by: Robbie at May 12, 2005 09:55 AM

Yeah, I got "Conservative Democrat" also.

Posted by: Andrew Dobbs at May 12, 2005 02:23 PM

Liberal, as expected.

Interesting stuff

"Liberals' use of the internet to get news is the highest among all groups (37%)"

"Largest group to have been born (or whose parents were born) outside of the U.S. or Canada (20%)"

Posted by: Snir Cohen at May 12, 2005 06:15 PM

Gee whiz, I'm a liberal. What a shocker. :) I guess there's nothing on their ranking to the left of "liberal," so I'll have to settle for that.

Posted by: LC at May 12, 2005 10:02 PM

Halfway between Upbeat and Enterpriser, depending on how I answered a few ambiguous ones

Posted by: WG at May 13, 2005 10:50 AM
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