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New Pew Poll Labels Me "Disaffected"

Another no frills entry. Imagine I've peppered it with sparkling commentary.

In response to an NPR story about a new Pew poll, I took yet another political quiz. This one, not blog-oriented, didn't spit out some handy html to cut and past into my blog, so, behind the cut tag you'll find the unprettified cut and paste of my results.

The idea behind the poll was to get beyond the simplistic left/right, blue/red catagories. According to the Pew Research Center, libertarianism is not an option. Based on my answers to the quiz questions they pegged me as "disaffected."

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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.

story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4646571

quiz: http://typology.people-press.org/


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May. 11th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
I read the definition Lol! I think that they are calling you a Redneck.
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