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Where Do You Fit? Your Results

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%).

Note: All descriptions and percentages are based on the national sample of adults surveyed by telephone in December. Based on your answers to the survey questions, you most closely resemble survey respondents within this group, even though you may differ significantly on one or more issues or traits.

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.


Your responses:
  Statement 1 Strongly
agree
Agree Agree Strongly
agree
Statement 2
1 Government is almost always wasteful and inefficient Check Government often does a better job than people give it credit for

2 Government regulation of business is necessary to protect the public interest Check Government regulation of business usually does more harm than good

3 Poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return Check Poor people have hard lives because government benefits don’t go far enough to help them live decently

4 The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt Check The government today can’t afford to do much more to help the needy

5 Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents Check Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care

6 The best way to ensure peace is through military strength Check Good diplomacy is the best way to ensure peace

7 We should all be willing to fight for our country, whether it is right or wrong Check It’s acceptable to refuse to fight in a war you believe is morally wrong

8 Most people who want to get ahead can make it if they’re willing to work hard Check Hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people

9 Success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside of our control Check Everyone has it in their own power to succeed

10 Too much power is concentrated in the hands of a few large companies Check The largest companies do NOT have too much power

11 Business corporations make too much profit Check Most corporations make a fair and reasonable amount of profit

12 Elected officials in Washington lose touch with the people pretty quickly Check Elected officials in Washington try hard to stay in touch with voters back home

13 Most elected officials care what people like me think Check Most elected officials don’t care what people like me think

14 This country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment Check This country has gone too far in its efforts to protect the environment

15 Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Check Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost

16 Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society Check Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society

17 Books that contain dangerous ideas should be banned from public school libraries Check Public school libraries should be allowed to carry any books they want

18 Religion is a very important part of my life Check Religion is not that important to me

19 I’m generally satisfied with the way things are going for me financially Check I’m not very satisfied with my financial situation

20 I often don’t have enough money to make ends meet Check Paying the bills is generally not a problem for me

21 It IS NOT necessary to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values Check It IS necessary to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values

22 Using overwhelming military force is the best way to defeat terrorism around the world Check Relying too much on military force to defeat terrorism creates hatred that leads to more terrorism

23 The growing number of newcomers from other countries threaten traditional American customs and values Check The growing number of newcomers from other countries strengthens American society

24 It’s best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs Check We should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home

25 The government should do more to protect morality in society Check I worry the government is getting too involved in the issue of morality
In politics today, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent?
Strong
Democrat
Democrat Independent,
Lean Democrat
Independent,
no leaning
Independent,
Lean Republican
Republican Strong Republican
Check
In general, would you describe your political views as very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal or very liberal?
Very Liberal Liberal Moderate Conservative Very Conservative
Check

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