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Pew Research: Polarized views of Obama

A significant Pew Research Center poll, Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology, was released May 4 (the survey was taken prior to Obama’s release of his long-form birth certificate). The poll was wide-ranging, and includes a section on attitudes about Barack Obama, and even a question on where he was born. Here we can see some specifics about the political identification of people who mistakenly think Obama was born outside the US. The link preceding goes directly into the relevant section for this blog, but the entire poll is quite interesting.

Values before birth certificate release April 27

Detailed result tables. I thought the section on media habits was illuminating (p. 3).

13 Responses to Pew Research: Polarized views of Obama

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    G May 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    As I commented on the Open thread, where you originally posted this – this is quite an interesting study with a wealth of details and results that are both predictable and some that are quite surprising.

    I took the quiz and found that I’m classified as a “Post Modern”.

    I’d love to hear what everyone else’s results cast them as…

    http://people-press.org/typology/quiz/?src=typology-report

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    Dr. Conspiracy May 13, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    G: I’d love to hear what everyone else’s results cast them as…

    Solid liberal (whew!)

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    Majority Will May 13, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    G: I’d love to hear what everyone else’s results cast them as…

    New Coalition Democrat

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    misha May 13, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    Solid liberal.

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    Daniel May 13, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    Apparently I’m a Libertarian.

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    obsolete May 13, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    It says I am a Kenyan Marxist Usurper.
    Oh, no, I read it wrong.

    Solid Liberal.

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    nemocapn May 13, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    Solid liberal.

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    Lupin May 13, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Solid liberal (only because they didn’t have more lefty questions like “Hedge traders should be publicly disemboweled and they remains fed to sharks”)

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    Expelliarmus May 13, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    Another solid liberal.

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    Tarrant May 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I came off as “Post-Modern”, which seems to be “liberal, not religious, and worried about how to pay for things”. I didn’t like some of the questions for that reason – particularly the one about “We should go into more debt to help the needy no matter what” vs essentially “LET THEM DIE”. Those are stupid straw-man extremes that make me stressed on these surveys because I disagree with both options. The right thing to do is question why we can’t take money currently allocated for various higher-bracket tax breaks, for example, and reroute it to those priorities.

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    Bovril May 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Where’s “Evul Facist Commie Moslem”…..?

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    Slartibartfast May 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    ‘Solid Liberal’

    I think I’m detecting a pattern here… I wonder if we could convince the brither posters to take this quiz once they return from making up new lies about the president?

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    G May 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Tarrant: I came off as “Post-Modern”, which seems to be “liberal, not religious, and worried about how to pay for things”. I didn’t like some of the questions for that reason – particularly the one about “We should go into more debt to help the needy no matter what” vs essentially “LET THEM DIE”. Those are stupid straw-man extremes that make me stressed on these surveys because I disagree with both options. The right thing to do is question why we can’t take money currently allocated for various higher-bracket tax breaks, for example, and reroute it to those priorities.

    Tarrant. I agree with you about how many questions are designed in a way that I don’t like either of the options I had to select from…I’m sure many taking the quiz felt the same way. Personally, I’d design a much broader quiz with a much more diverse array of options for each question…but then that’s just my nature of not seeing the world in a binary fashion.

    However, I think the end result of the survey worked out fairly well for allocating us to the right generlized categories.

    If you look at the detailed 13 page report of their findings, you will note that there is still quite a bit of variation in the views & beliefs within each of those categories…so obviously, even such breakdowns cover a wide swath.

    I also agree with Slarti’s suggestion – There is definitely a pattern here of where many of this board’s members align…and I too would love to encourage the birthers that visit & post here to take the time & honestly report their results as well, for comparison.

    We also have several stated conservative / GOP regulars here. So far, we’ve only heard from Daniel. I’d love to hear from the rest of that faction of our community as well.

    I think our group participation in taking the test is not merely interesting, but also a neat way for each of us to understand where the others are coming from and communicate better amongst ourselves as well.