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How Red or Blue are your political beliefs?

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
November 16, 2021

Do you sometimes get confused over your political identity?  While it is easy to register as a Republican or a Democrat, can one’s Party affiliation truly determine where a person falls on a more generic spectrum ranging from Far Right to Far Left?  The Pew Research Center has developed a survey to help us better understand where, based upon our personal beliefs, we stand, regardless of our Party affiliation.

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. They conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. And most importantly, they do not take policy positions.

Earlier this month the Pew Research Center released a report entitled “Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology.”  This is the 8th such study the Center has produced since 1987.  The latest report states in part, “[T]he gulf that separates Republicans and Democrats sometimes obscures the divisions and diversity of views that exist within both partisan coalitions – and the fact that many Americans do not fit easily into either one. Republicans are divided on some principles long associated with the GOP: an affinity for businesses and corporations, support for low taxes and opposition to abortion. Democrats face substantial internal differences as well – some that are long-standing, such as on the importance of religion in society, others more recent. For example, while Democrats widely share the goal of combating racial inequality in the United States, they differ on whether systemic change is required to achieve that goal.”

The entire report may be found by clicking here .

 Are you a Faith and Flag Conservative? Progressive Left? Or somewhere in between? 

To discover where you stand in the political spectrum, take their quiz by clicking here . You will learn which one of their nine political typology groups is your best match, compared with a nationally representative survey of more than 10,000 U.S. adults by Pew Research Center. 

The researchers write, “You may find some of these questions are difficult to answer. That’s OK. In those cases, pick the answer that comes closest to your view, even if it isn’t exactly right.”

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