Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum
A Pew Research Center study based on a representative online survey finds striking differences in news habits along the ideological spectrum.
Political Polarization & Media Habits
When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust.
Likely Voters More Ideologically Polarized than Public Overall
While consistent conservatives and liberals are much more likely to vote than those with mixed views, the advantage at the moment goes to the right: Consistent conservatives are 15 percentage points more likely to vote this fall than consistent liberals.
The GOP’s Millennial problem runs deep
Millennials are the most liberal age group and are more likely to lean towards the Democrats. But in addition to that, Millennials who identify with the GOP are also less conservative than Republicans in other generations.
No Sign of GOP Tide in Congressional Voting Intentions
The GOP’s relatively thin 47-44 lead in the current midterm polls strongly suggests that this is not a “tide” election.
Religious divides persist heading into fall campaign
While there have been several controversial issues since 2010 at the intersection of religion and politics, there has been more stability than change among major religious groups’ voting preferences.
In search of libertarians
About one-in-ten Americans (11%) describe themselves as libertarian and know what the term means.
The political middle still matters
Despite growing political polarization between the GOP and Democratic bases, there’s a sizable “middle” that still matters in elections.
Compare Political Typology Groups
The Pew Research Center’s Political Typology looks beyond “Red vs. Blue” in American politics, sorting voters into cohesive groups, based on their attitudes and values – not their partisan labels. Use this tool to compare the groups on key topics, such as the economy and foreign policy.
Political Typology Quiz
Are you a Steadfast Conservative? A Solid Liberal? Or somewhere in between? Take our quiz, selecting answers that come closest to your political views. Then find out which one of our Political Typology groups is your best match compared with a national survey of 10,000 U.S. adults conducted by the Pew Research Center.