I am a self-proclaimed “newbie” when it comes to politics. Admittedly, I have a lot to learn. Despite my lack of political knowledge, I have never once considered not voting. I can recall being taken to mock polling stations back in elementary school, and being drilled with the importance of exercising my right to vote. Although I was taught the importance of voting at a young age, I never really had political conversations with my family or friends. I was brought up in a predominantly liberal neighborhood right outside New York City (and when I say predominantly, I mean so liberal that I can name the 2 conservative students who were in my graduating class). That being said, I am sure growing up in an environment like such is responsible for the Democratic ideals I have.
Prior to taking the Pew Research Center survey, I was unsure as to where my results would land me. Based upon my responses, the survey deemed me a solid liberal. While I was not surprised to fall into a Democratic category, I had anticipated falling into more of a post-modern typology. However, when reading over the core beliefs of solid liberals, I realized that I identify more with this group than I had initially realized. I support growing racial and ethnic diversity as well as equality. I think environmental protection and aiding the poor are important. However I’m not sure the classification was a perfect match; solid liberals are highly politically engaged, something I am definitely not. I did get a little laugh out of the description of who solid liberals are- 42% regularly buy organic foods (while I guess this is relevant to some degree, was it seriously worthy of being included here?)
I plan on voting in the coming election despite my limited awareness. I do think that when I graduate and am responsible for supporting myself that I will be more informed, as political decisions will have a greater impact on me directly.