As we grow nearer and nearer to election day (November 6), I chose to look at a controversial law that hits close to home. Recently, Pennsylvania has come under fire for its controversial Voter ID law. The law requires voters to show proof of identification through a PA drivers license, identification card, or Passport. The goal of the law is to prevent voter fraud.
I completed the “Political Typology” (second link) quiz to gauge my political standing. I have always considered myself a moderate, because I find myself in agreement with arguments on both sides of the spectrum. I used to consider myself leaning more toward the right, but over the last few years I have felt more in line with the Democratic perspective. Upon completion of the survey, I was categorized into the “Post Modern” typology. I, “along with 13% of the public,” belong to this category which believes that Wall Street does more to help the economy than to hurt it, but also that same-sex marriage should be legalized. I agree with everyone of the arguments that this group makes, but a more important piece of information to look t is the overall survey results for each category.
Post Modernists were not nearly as affected by the recent economic crisis as others. The survey shows that just 15% of this group have not yet recovered from the economic downturn as opposed to second to last place, the “Solid Liberals” category, with 30% not yet recovered. To me, this means that most people in this category are not as focuses on personal finance related issues. Along with the fact that the survey also describes the people in this category as being the least bothered by the mortgage crisis, means that post modernists do not view big business as “evil.” This would normally mean a support for the right side of the spectrum, which historically as favored big business.
On the other hand, Post Modernists lean left on the Energy Policy issues second to last with 13% in favor of focusing on alternative energy instead of expanding oil/coal/natural gas exploration, as opposed to third to last, “main street republicans” with 26% in favor of alternative energy. Normally, right wing candidates are more in favor of natural resource exploration than left wing candidates, which implies that post modernists have a more liberal agenda in some respects.
Recently, I have considered myself Independent because it was difficult to favor one side over the other on every issue. I was surprised that this website offered an accurate viewing of my ideology and that i fit so well into a certain category.