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9% like things the way they are

Recent Pew opinion research poll breaks down Americans into nine groups. One of these is the "enterprisers" - who are only 9% of the general population (10% of all voters).

"Enterprisers" voted over 90% for Bush in 2004 and over 95% have a positive view of the Republican Party. About 90% think that it is proper to display the Ten Commandments in government buildings, although only a little more than a third claim to attend bible study or prayer group meetings. Their politics are driven by a belief in the "free enterprise system" and social values that reflect a conservative agenda. They are conservative on social issues such as gay marriage, but not much more religious than the nation as a whole. They tend to express themselves as very satisfied with their own personal financial situation.

Predominantly white (91%), male (76%) and financially well-off (62% have household incomes of at least $50,000, compared with 40% nationwide). Nearly half (46%) have a college degree, and 77% are married. Nearly a quarter (23%) are themselves military veterans. Only 10% are under age 30. Over half trade stocks and bonds and 30% are small business owners. Fox News Channel is their primary source of news.
"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!

The groups:

Republicans:
Enterpriser
Social conservative
Pro-government conservative

"Moderates:"
Upbeat
Disaffected
Bystander (aren't included in issue statistics, since they don't seem to care)

Democrats:
Conservative Democrat
Disadvantaged Democrat
Liberal
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from report published by The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

 http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?PageID=943
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In recent article at PDX Indy, Betsy Leondar-Wright of ClassMatter.org states:

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/06/318513.shtml

"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

 http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?PageID=949

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.
i'm trying to imagine a "reformed" democratic party 01.Jun.2005 20:59

and i can't do it

It doesn't matter who's sitting behind the wheel when the steering column is locked.

imagination 01.Jun.2005 22:58

IMAGINE i'm not the only one

I can imagine so many things, like a real third party or a revolution! But for me or you to imagine something, we need millions to share in the imagining, and then somehow to bring the imagining to life, as a poor artist does when painting over an old canvas. Just forget what's underneath - paint over it.