June 26, 2014

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: U.S. & Economy, Politics & Elections, Government & Economic Policy, Foreign Policy & Security, Domestic Policy and Religion & Society. You can also compare the groups by their demographics.


Bystanders are on the sidelines of the political process, either by choice or because they are ineligible to vote. None are currently registered to vote. Most follow government and public affairs only now and then (32%) or hardly at all (32%).

  • Key Issues
  • Bystanders
  • General Public
I am absolutely certain that I am registered to vote at my current address
I follow what is going on in government and public affairs most of the time

Social Characteristics

  • Nearly four-in-ten Bystanders (38%) are under 30.
  • About a third (32%) are Hispanic, 10% are black and 48% are non-Hispanic whites.
  • Bystanders like the outdoors: 66% think of themselves as an “outdoor person.”
  • Bystanders are more likely to say they are interested in celebrities and entertainment than the public overall (64% vs. 44%).
  • Bystanders express relatively low interest in business and finance and, not surprisingly, government and politics.
Ideological Placement

Distribution of Bystanders and the overall public on a 10-item scale of political values. Learn more about the scale.

Bystanders make up of the population