The Pew Research Center’s Political Typology

For those not aware, Pew Research Center (“Pew”) has recently published a “political typology” that it says “… sorts Americans into cohesive, like-minded groups based on their values, beliefs, and views about politics and the political system.”  A link to its conclusions is set forth below.  Pew lists nine groups, four leaning or avidly Democratic, four leaning or avidly Republican, with one unaffiliated “Stressed Sideliners” (the group that Pew nonetheless observes still “… tend[s] to fall close to the average American on many issues”).  Pew notes in its piece that there is actually a fairly wide divergence in views between the different groups that respectively consider themselves – either tightly or loosely – affiliated with the same political party.  What I found as interesting was the finding that there was at least some convergence in the views of groups that for the most part wildly differed.  In Pew’s descriptions of the beliefs of each of the nine groups, and no matter how troubling I might have found the majority of a group’s views, there was at least one position held by each segment with which I agreed.  At the same time, no one fits neatly into one mold; despite being placed in the “Democratic Mainstay” group after taking Pew quiz, I, apparently unlike the typical Democratic Mainstay, don’t “feel particularly warm toward Democrats.”

Pew’s results did underscore for me an impression that I’ve had for some time:  while the chasm of cultural issues will always separate them, Progressives and Trumplicans think very similarly in some areas; I would venture that both favor higher taxes on the wealthy and restrictive trade policies, and have relatively lesser interest in America’s maintenance of its interests across the world. Each of these positions is a marked deviation from the views held by their respective “mainstream” party mates.     

The second link is to Pew quiz that enables one to determine within which of its nine political groupings one belongs.  Enjoy.

One thought on “The Pew Research Center’s Political Typology

  1. Jim, a couple thoughts:
    1). You point about progressives and Trumpsters having similar views is supportive of the theory that the political spectrum is not a continuum, but a circle where progressive and reactionary thought begins to look awfully similar, ala Soviet communist thought and German National socialist thought.
    2). While the test was interesting, I would read very little into it. I took the test and you could switch cohorts based on changing a few very binary questions. I found it a little like Meyers-Briggs profiling, fun but not particularly useful.


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