"Enterprisers" are also the strongest backers of an aggressive foreign policy, which includes nearly unanimous support for the war in Iraq and strong support for such anti-terrorism efforts as the Patriot Act. "Enterprisers" are assertive on foreign policy and patriotic; anti-regulation and pro-business; express very little support for government help to the poor; tend to subscribe to some version of the Horatio Alger myth (that individuals are responsible for their own well being and get what they deserve).
"Enterprisers" tend to the following beliefs: (1) most corporations make a fair and reasonable amount of profit, (2) stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy, (3) using overwhelming military force is the best way to defeat terrorism around the world, (4) poor people today have it easy because they can get government help.
Enterprisers disagree with the other 7 groups of voters identified by Pew as to positions on issues and general political. ALL of the other 7 groups support these issues:
1. Universal health care
2. Raising the minimum wage
3. Repealing some of the Bush tax cuts
4. Cutting the deficit is a higher priority than cutting taxes
5. Outsourcing has a negative effect on the economy
ALL of the other 7 groups endorse these views:
6. Too much power is concentrated in the hands of a few large companies
7. Government regulation of business is necessary to protect the government interest
8. Stricter environmental regulations are worth the costs.
ENTERPRISERS DISAGREE WITH EVERYONE ELSE ON ALL 8 OF THOSE POINTS!
Bystander (aren't included in issue statistics, since they don't seem to care)
from report published by The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
In recent article at PDX Indy, Betsy Leondar-Wright of ClassMatter.org states:
"non-union white working-class men abandoning the Democratic party, with over 20 percent of them switching from Democrats to non-voters or third party supporters or Republicans between 1960 to 2000"
Apparently "disadvantaged Democrats" of the white male category have been tending to one or more of: (1) following their wives and/or Rush Limbaugh, joining the pro-government conservatives (voting Republican), (2) joining the disaffected or bystander groups and giving up on politics, and, (3) voting - if voting at all - for any candidate seen as outside the two main parties.
For profiles of the "typology" groups, EXPECIALLY "pro-government conservatives," go to
Seems likely that the Rush Limbaugh harvest from the seeds of destruction has already come to an end, or soon will. That leaves, for disaffiliated white working-class men, the three possible options of a reformed Democrat Party, some third party or Independent movement, and loosing interest in politics altogether.