Today, many Americans engaged and active in the political process will head to the voting polls to cast a vote. The way you vote has a lot to do with political polarization and if you were to take a quiz, where would you fit in politically? Are you a Steadfast Conservative? A Solid Liberal? Or somewhere in between?
In our current political landscape, ideological lines split Republicans and Democrats–this division has resulted in devoted followers of either respective party, be it Republican or Democrat, harboring deep-seated feelings of dislike. This antipathy towards the other party runs deeper than at any point in the last 20 years.
Some may have considered the role race has played in politics and wonder if the political divide has widened because of color lines.
Well, according to Lee Drutman, who describes in an essay for Vox how Donald Trump’s campaign resonated with the Republican electorate and Trump won the nomination with the most explicit racial language we’ve seen from a modern presidential candidate.
“The great irony for Republicans is that what began as a clearly winning strategy in the 1960s now looks like a clear loser at its culmination in the 2010s. The racialized politics of 2016 have probably handed Democrats a winning issue in a year in which the election fundamentals probably slightly favored a Republican.”
Highly negative views: 43% of Republicans and 38% of Democrats now view the opposite party in strongly negative terms.
According to 10,000 people surveyed by Pew Research Center, political polarization trends are shown to manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life. The divisions are greatest among those who are the most engaged and active in the political process.
So where do you fit in politically? Conservative? A Solid Liberal? Or somewhere in between?
The Pew Research Center has prepared a quiz to help you best determine your Political Typology.