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.

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Solid Liberals

Highly educated and affluent, Solid Liberals strongly support the social safety net and take very liberal positions on virtually all issues. Most say they always vote Democratic and they are unflagging supporters of Barack Obama. Solid Liberals are very optimistic about the nation’s future and are the most likely to say that America’s success is linked to its ability to change, rather than its reliance on long-standing principles. On foreign policy, Solid Liberals overwhelmingly believe that good diplomacy – rather than military strength – is the best way to ensure peace.

  • Key Issues
  • Solid Liberals
  • General Public
Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost
Government should do more to help the needy even if it means going deeper into debt
Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents
Abortion should be legal in all or most cases
Racial discrimination is the main reason why many blacks can’t get ahead these days

Social Characteristics

  • Fully 83% of Solid Liberals say the government should do more to help the needy, even if it means going deeper into debt.
  • Solid Liberals strongly backed Barack Obama in 2012 and remain supportive of him today: 84% approve of his job performance, with 51% approving very strongly.
  • The most highly educated of the typology groups, 52% have college degrees and 21% have graduate degrees.
  • Solid Liberals prefer an urban lifestyle: 45% say if they could live anywhere they wanted, they would live in a city.
  • Just 12% say the description “hunter, fisher or sportsman” fits them well, the lowest share of any typology group.
Ideological Placement

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

Solid Liberals make up of the population