The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press has conducted an exhaustive survey every six years since 1987 on the American political landscape called Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology. The survey seeks to go beyond the nomenclature of liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican; it seeks to identify distinct trends in how people view their government, what their views are on the issues, who they are, and what it is they want. The study outlines nine distinct political groups in American politics today: Staunch Conservatives, Main Street Republicans, Libertarians, Disaffected, Post-Moderns, New Coalition Democrats, Hard-Pressed Democrats, Solid Liberals, and Bystanders.
Today’s graphic explores the Disaffected — one of the most partisan independent groups centered who have been adversely affected by the recession, saw unemployment over the past year, and want the government to do more to assist the needy than to focus in international affairs, including the wars. This group, largely poor, uneducated, and white, is more evenly split on social issues like abortion or gay marriage (or outright not concerned) despite being religious, and are the most politically apathetic outside of the Bystander group.
Tomorrow, I will post the graphic about the Post-Moderns political group, the first in the series of predominantly liberal-oriented groups.
PS: If you are interested in using this graphic or downloading it for posterity’s sake, comment below or email me. Also, all information in these graphics are from the Pew Research Center’s study, and the results of the survey can be viewed in full here.