The Pew Research Center released a report on 04 May titled "Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology". If you can muster the energy required to read it's 30+ pages, you can find it here. It was synopsized in several papers yesterday, but was sort of overshadowed by the continuing news coverage of OBL's death in Pakistan. The study divides the traditional red and blue worlds into nine sub-groups:Solid Liberals -- probably the bluest of the blue and generally secular; pro-government; supportive of social change. Hard-Pressed Democrats -- cynical about government in general and socially conservative; see immigrants as a cultural threat. New Coalition Democrats -- pro-government and pro-religious. Post-Moderns -- still Democratic, but generally support the government and think that business isn't all bad. Disaffecteds -- very critical of business and government; conservative in social policy. Libertarians -- economically conservative and socially liberal. Main Street Republicans -- highly critical of government, less pro-business than staunch conservatives, but opposed to most social causes (abortion rights, same-sex marriage, immigration, social welfare). Staunch Conservatives -- the reddest of the red; extremely critical of government, think Obama is foreign-born, pro-business and against government regulation; strongly against abortion, same-sex marriage. And, last but not least:Bystanders -- as the name implies, disaffected and non-voting. Of course, the Pew team used a fairly lengthy survey to group people and it's nearly impossible to just lump yourself into one of these groups reading these brief descriptions. But, for those of you who are interested, take a look at the study or at the synopsis in your favorite paper. I am including a link to the Denver Post synopsis here because I've been privately criticized for relying too much on 'liberal east coast media platforms' (aka NYT, Washington Post). [It's my fault I prefer analysis to fluff?] After you've had a chance to review the study or to take the Pew's self-test to determine your affiliation, tell me where you fit in the political spectrum as the Pew Center outlines it. If you use the self-test, tell me if you think Pew's categorization pegged you correctly or incorrectly. A firm understanding of your own beliefs and biases is critical to discussing or debating any issue. So, (with apologies to Nestea) take the plunge.