When it comes to politics, I would say I know enough to “get by” as far as having a conversation about the two presidential candidates. I know who I would vote for and I know why, but discussing these reasons is not something that I enjoy at all, so I just tend to avoid politics altogether. But, that wasn’t an option this week (thank you, blog council) , so I decided I’d take the “newbie” route and take one of the political philosophy quizzes to see if the views that I have are consistent with my answers on the quiz. I took the Political Typology quiz from Pew Research Center since it was a little more involved, and found that I am technically a Libertarian…along with 9% of the public. So what does this mean? Basically, Libertarians have a strong republican orientation but the majority identify themselves as independents. Their beliefs are economically very conservative but moderate to liberal on social issues. For instance, they are strongly pro-business, highly critical of government, accepting of homosexuality, less religious than the average American, and have moderate views about immigrants compared to other GOP-oriented groups.
I have always considered myself to be conservative, but my views on certain issues tend to be more moderate than others, especially social issues. This quiz definitely confirmed by beliefs and it officially classified my beliefs as Libertarian, which is something I had never considered before. I guess part of that could be blamed on my general lack of interest in politics, and part of it could be because I just honestly do not know a lot of information on the other political parties out there besides your solid liberal and conservative. I’m not sure if this quiz will really change anything in terms of who I will vote for when it comes to the election, but maybe! Ron Paul for Pres? I guess I’ll have to do a little research on the candidate for my new political typology to find out.