Posted: 11:38 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013
By Rick Couri
The research says there is a pretty big gap on both sides of the isle when it comes to what people want to think their philosophy is and how they actually put that into effect.
The study says the confusion is greater in conservatives than in liberals.
The findings say conservatism is a brand that does very well but reality shows people’s stand on the issues is usually more moderate.
One finding showed many didn’t really understand what liberals or conservatives stood for but they preferred to call themselves conservative.
The experiment looked at people under 30 and asked them to place themselves in one of seven political categories ranging from very conservative to very liberal.
The groups were then told to take three surveys that helped determine their views on issues ranging from gay marriage, to welfare and gun control.
What researchers say they found was “a systematic bias among young adults to perceive themselves are somewhat more conservative than they actually are.”
Psychologists Ethan Zell from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Michael Bernstein of Pennsylvania State University-Abington wrote “commentators have presumed that America is a ‘center-right’ nation, the present findings challenge this assumption.”
The results were found to be steady as those taking the quizzes ranked themselves as more conservative than their positions on the issues would indicate.
Also interesting was the finding that “liberal Democrats significantly overestimated their liberalism,” researchers commented.
See the study here and make up your own mind.