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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Beyond Red vs. Blue

Jonah Goldberg links to this Pew Research Center study which delves into indicators of party affiliation. Jonah pulls out these gems:

According to the Pew Center, the less you like to fly the American flag, the more likely it is you are Democrat. The more you think hard work and personal initiative aren’t the ticket to the good life, the more likely you are to be a Democrat. The more you believe the United Nations is a better steward of international relations, while America is a negative actor on the world stage, the more likely you are to be a Democrat. The more you believe that the government is there to help, the more likely it is you are Democrat. The less seriously you take religion, the more likely you are to be a Democrat. Flip all of these values around and the more likely it is you are a Republican — or that you vote that way.

Of course, I’m speaking in terms of statistical generalities. Obviously, there are a great many flag-waving, God-fearing, government-mistrusting, U.N.-hating Democrats out there. But they are the exceptions to the rule. [Why do I have a feeling that Downer isn't an exception to this rule?]

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this study is what it says about class and ideology in America. And what it says is that they don’t have that much to do with each other, which runs contrary to generations of leftish stereotypes. Poor Americans who believe in the American ideal of by-your-bootstraps success are likely to vote Republican. And rich Americans who cringe at the idea of hanging a flag from their porch vote Democrat. Wealth has become a poor predictor of political affiliation. The richest blocs in the GOP and Democratic parties — Pew calls them “Enterprisers” and “Liberals” — are roughly equally affluent. Forty-one percent of both groups make more than $75,000 per year (though there are nearly twice as many “Liberals” as there are “Enterprisers”). The largest segment of the Republican base — “Social Conservatives” — make less than Liberals.

So, that explains why some of my friends that make 2x what I make are kneejerk lefties. I fit solidly in the Enterpriser camp, by the way... Which I had expected. Overall it's a good set of questions, although it would've been nice to have a neutral option for some of them (or perhaps a rewording of the question).

Where do you fit? (Post results in Comments)

wait a second... I thought Soshsecurity Reform/Personal Retirement Accounts were dead? It doesn't look like it to me... 46% approve PRAs vs 44% against. and given the trends in each demographic, I'd say that reform/PRAs as a solution looks to be more promising politically than the Democratic position (which ranges from increase taxes, cut benefits or stick your head in the sand...)

***UPDATE 2 - Issue Analysis***
Check some of these out... it seems that the Libs (Downer, that's you) and the press seem to be way out of the mainstream
Tort Reform
creationism & evolution in the classroom (wouldn't have predicted those results)
Display 10 Commandments in government buildings
Gay Marriage
War in Iraq
Policy of Preemptive Force
Free Trade - Good or Bad? [Sorry Downer, you're in the minority of your own cohort]
Bush Approval Rating
UN - Favorable / Unfavorable - Looks like there's an opportunity to educate some folks here...

This pair is interesting... Note the swing in the Liberal cohort... it's the only group that has a substantial movement.
Fav / Unfav of Christian Conservatives
Fav / Unfav of Muslims

Interesting stuff....

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler