Friday, February 16, 2007

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It's just me, myself, and I

According to Pew's political typology test, I'm an... enterpriser:

Enterprisers represent 9 percent of the American public, and 10 percent of registered voters.

Basic Description
As in previous studies conducted in 1987, 1994 and 1999, this extremely partisan Republican group’s politics are driven by a belief in the free enterprise system and social values that reflect a conservative agenda. Enterprisers are also the strongest backers of an assertive foreign policy, which includes nearly unanimous support for the war in Iraq and strong support for such anti-terrorism efforts as the Patriot Act.

Defining Values
Assertive on foreign policy and patriotic; anti-regulation and pro-business; very little support for government help to the poor; strong belief that individuals are responsible for their own well being. Conservative on social issues such as gay marriage, but not much more religious than the nation as a whole. Very satisfied with personal financial situation.

Who They Are
Predominantly white (91%), male (76%) and financially well-off (62% have household incomes of at least $50,000, compared with 40% nationwide). Nearly half (46%) have a college degree, and 77% are married. Nearly a quarter (23%) are themselves military veterans. Only 10% are under age 30....

2004 Election
Bush 92%, Kerry 1%. Bush’s most reliable supporters (just 4% of Enterprisers did not vote)

So, in other words, I belong to a group that comprises only one percent of the ten percent of registered voters who agree with me -- roughly 0.1%.

Man, I am feeling that love right now.

In all seriousness, however, the test sucks. For example, you are asked which statement you agree with: "The best way to ensure peace is through military strength" or "Good diplomacy is the best way to ensure peace." I'm pretty sure it's not an either-or distinction. Good diplomacy without military strength is largely ignored in world politics. Military strength without good diplomacy bears a strong resemblance to the Bush administration's first term. So, I voted for military strength, because it's more of a necessary condition -- but I wasn't happy about it.

Hat tip: Matthew Yglesias.

UPDATE: Headline Junky alerts me to this ABC Sunni-Shiite quiz. Readers concerned about whether I know what the hell I'm talking about whenever I blog about the Middle East may or may not be relieved that I aced it.

posted by Dan on 02.16.07 at 02:38 PM


You mean "Extremely partisan Republican" doesn't describe you well???

posted by: adr on 02.16.07 at 02:38 PM [permalink]

I agree. The test sucks. Some of the options didn't even seem like different ends of the same scale. I wonder a good one would look like?

BTW, ABC's also got a Sunni-Shiite quiz up, similar to the one Jeff Klein ran on some Congressmen a little while back.

posted by: Headline Junky on 02.16.07 at 02:38 PM [permalink]

"I worry the government is getting too involved in the issue of morality"

This describes those who rail against the Religious Right and those who rail against Political Correctness.

All legislation involves issues of morality, so the question needs to be a lot more specific.

posted by: Alan K. Henderson on 02.16.07 at 02:38 PM [permalink]

Yes, I also took the test and was put in the enterpriser group and yes, like most political tests it really sucks as the categories and choices are too narrow.

That said, it is clear you do not vote your beliefs. As a result of being a member of the academic community and not particularly strong in your beliefs, you voted based on issues that have no real affect on your life: like gay marriage. Can you name me what law based on Bush's so-called conservative values that have somehow made this country more socially conservative or in the words of his extreme critics a theocracy? The answer is no.

BTW, since the midterms there has predictably been a backlash against free trade ( On the plus side, you have Congressional oversight. That is sarcasm. The fact is you have voted against your beliefs in the past two elections for a party that shares with you little to no economic or foreign policy beliefs.

posted by: Ian on 02.16.07 at 02:38 PM [permalink]

Geez, I aced that ABC test. Do I get to be Chairman of the Intelligence commitee?

posted by: Alain on 02.16.07 at 02:38 PM [permalink]

Alain, what Shia'a sect is Syria's ruling party?
What Sunni sect is al-Qaeda?
What sect are the Muslim Brotherhood?
Do you think that the Chairman of the Intelligence committee would be able to answer those questions even if the answers were given to him? ABC?

Salafist Sunni

posted by: Mike H. on 02.16.07 at 02:38 PM [permalink]

Another enterpriser. The test sucks, hardcore.

posted by: Klug on 02.16.07 at 02:38 PM [permalink]

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