Friday, May 27, 2005


So what is a liberal?

Have you ever wondered where you stand on the political spectrum? Are you a disaffected? An Enterpriser? An Upbeat? Could you possibly be a Bystander?

In case you were wondering where you stand, you can take the new survey from the Pew Center for the People and the Press and find which of nine groups on the political spectrum you belong to. Click here here to take the test:
To find out what all this allegedly means, click here:

I took the test and found out that I'm a liberal. Not a big surprise there, huh? But I was surprised by what the Pew Center has to say about liberals and where they fit into the electorate.

Did you know:
* Liberals make up 17 percent of the adult population and 19 percent of the electorate? That makes us the largest voting block of any of the nine groups identified by Pew.
* Our numbers have doubled since 1999? So much for that notion that liberalism is dead.
* We're the most educated of any of the blocs? Perhaps not a big surprise considering all those angry red-staters who think of us as latte-sipping bi-coastal eggheads.
* We make up the second wealthiest of any of the nine groups? Certainly flies in the face of that idea that if we'd make a little money, we'd be changing our tune.

Whether it's perception or reality, it appears that the idea that liberals are losers and weirdos, just a motley collection of old hippies and anarchists, is beginning to break down. The numbers certainly suggest it. All I can say is, it's about time.

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