There are two growing groups of young Americans who hold an “equal number of liberal and conservative values,” and one of them instinctively leans to the right, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.
The right-leaning group, dubbed the “Young Outsiders” by Pew, holds conservative views when it comes to the role of government and the so-called social safety net. However, they stray from the GOP when it comes to social issues, including gay marriage and immigration, and they also tend to be secular.
The other group, dubbed the “Hard-Pressed Skeptics,” tends to lean to the left, according to the report, titled “Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology.”
The Pew survey, which was conducted from Jan. 23 to March 16, surveyed approximately 10,013 U.S. adults. The survey contains a margin of error of plus or minus 1.1 percentage points.
Unlike their older counterparts in the conservative wing of politics, “Young Outsiders” hold little to no allegiance to the Republican Party. In fact, they’re generally distrustful of both political parties.
And yet, they hold deeply conservative values.
Likewise, “Hard-Pressed Skeptics,” who lean to the left on almost every issue, have been so badly beaten down by the economy that they also have a generally distasteful view of both political parties.
Still, this group supports more government involvement in issues concerning the poor.
Most of the respondents who fall into the “Hard-Pressed Skeptics” category say they voted for President Obama in 2012, according to the Pew survey. However, fewer than half in this group now say they approve of the job he is doing today.
It is unclear whether they’ve managed to link their economic woes to the person who has been running the country for the past five years.
Aside from a commonly shared distrust for government and for those in power, the two groups, the “Young Outsiders” and “Hard-Pressed Skeptics,” have little else in common.
“To a large extent, views of the two parties mirror the underlying partisan composition of the typology groups. But in some cases, ratings of the two parties reveal a more generalized frustration with politics,” Pew reported in its analysis.
“Though a Democratic-leaning group, Hard-Pressed Skeptics are split in their views of the Democratic Party,” the report notes, adding that 46 percent hold a favorable opinion, while 47 percent do not.
Obviously, this group also has an unfavorable opinion of Republicans, with only 32 percent saying they view the GOP favorably and 61 percent saying unfavorably.
Separately, “Young Outsiders” set themselves apart by having a majority negative view of both the Democratic and Republican parties, roughly 59 percent viewing the former unfavorably and 53 percent viewing the latter unfavorably.
Here’s the full survey. There’s a lot of good stuff in here: