What’s your Political Typology?

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press has updated their “Political Typology,” their “effort to sort voters into homogeneous groups based on their values, political beliefs and party affiliation.” They aim to look deeper than the typical Republican/Democrat and Liberal/Conservative spectra.

Here are the groups they have identified (excerpted from a story on NPR):


Enterprisers: Highly patriotic and pro-business.

Social Conservatives: Highly religious and very conservative on moral issues.

Pro-Government Conservatives: Also broadly religious, but deviate from the party line in their support for more generous assistance for the poor.


Upbeats: Financially well-off moderates who express positive views of their finances, government performance and business.

Disaffecteds: By contrast, they are cynical about government and dissatisfied with their personal finances.

Bystanders: Young, financially struggling and even more politically alienated than the Disaffecteds.


Liberals: Affluent and highly secular.

Conservative Democrats: Highly religious and socially conservative — most say the government should do more to protect morality.

Disadvantaged Democrats: The least financially secure of all the groups, and the most pessimistic about an individual’s ability to secure success with hard work.

This is the fourth version of the typology since 1987, and the most interesting trend mentioned on the NPR broadcast is that Enterprisers were the big budget deficit hawks in the early typologies, and now it’s Liberals: a complete reversal.

Of course, they’ve created a questionnaire so you can figure out where you fit in their categorization. I wasn’t surprised at all to see that I came up as a Liberal.

About Lance Finney

Father of two boys, Angular/TypeScript developer, Ethical Humanist, and world traveler (when I can sneak it in). Contributor to Grounded Parents.
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2 Responses to What’s your Political Typology?

  1. Dan Lewis says:

    Interesting. I came out as Enterpriser.

    I think we could improve the quality of political discourse in this country by having a spoiled two-year-old represent each point of view.

    Seriously, it would be great if people came up with their own opinions on issues without resorting to thought leaders like Rush, Hannity, Franken, or Dean.

  2. Rob says:

    True. But the average American has a hard time getting all the information s/he needs to make an informed opinion. Many news sources are biased – either tilting to one side or the other or by working so hard to be unbiased that they don’t actually report on the news.

    Besides resorting to “thought leaders” another problem is the people who pick a party or opinion because their Mom/Dad/friend picked it. They haven’t thought about it at all but they’ll be a Democrat till the end of their days because their pappy and their pappy’s pappy was a Democrat.

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