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.

View the 2017 Political Typology

Steadfast Conservatives

This overwhelmingly Republican group holds very conservative attitudes across most issues, including social policy and the size and scope of government. However, they are critical of business and Wall Street. Steadfast Conservatives also express highly negative attitudes toward immigrants and take a skeptical view of U.S. global involvement.

  • Key Issues
  • Steadfast Conservatives
  • General Public
Our country has made the changes needed to give blacks equal rights with whites
This country has gone too far in its efforts to protect the environment
Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care
Humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time
It is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage

Social Characteristics

  • Among all typology groups, Staunch Conservatives are the most likely to say they are angry with the federal government.
  • Steadfast Conservatives are highly engaged in politics: fully 74% say they always or nearly always vote in primary elections.
  • Nearly nine-in-ten (87%) are non-Hispanic white and 59% are male.
  • Many regularly attend religious services (55% attend at least weekly).
  • More than a quarter (28%) say they would be unhappy if a family member married someone of a different race.
Ideological Placement

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

Steadfast Conservatives make up of the population