Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I'm a Liberal.

Leaning toward Democrat


PAST TYPOLOGY COUNTERPART: Liberal Democrats/Seculars/60's Democrats



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

BASIC DESCRIPTION: This group has nearly doubled in proportion since 1999. Liberal Democrats now comprise the largest share of Democrats. 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.

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.

Key Beliefs:GeneralPopulationLiberals
Relying too much on military force to defeat terrorism creates hatred that leads to more terrorism51%90%
I worry the government is getting too involved in the issue of morality51%88%
Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost60%89%
Poor people have hard lives because government benefits don't go far enough to help them live decently52%80%

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 have a gun in the home (23%) or attend bible study or prayer group meetings (13%).

2004 ELECTION: Bush 2%, Kerry 81%

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%).

That's my bias. 

Now that that is out in the open we can get into this


RiPPa said...


I think I'm a Liberal Democrat.

I hate to be boxed in or be labeled politically; I prefer to think for myself. But I'd be damned if this doesn't describe me or my stance politically.

Kirk Franco said...

Liberals pretty much do think for themselves. It just turns out that intelligent people have similar views on things once they are informed.

Cianna said...

Well said.