Ten percent of Americans are political “Bystanders,” on the sidelines of the political process, according to a Pew Research Center typology that sorts voters into eight groups.
The bystanders “are not registered to vote and pay very little attention to politics,” according to Pew’s report. This group disengaged from politics tends to be younger and more racially and ethnically diverse than the U.S. population at-large, with lower levels of income and formal education.
“While Bystanders view the Democratic Party more favorably than the GOP, they have a mix of liberal and conservative attitudes,” Pew’s George Gao writes. “They are sympathetic to the plight of the poor, but as many say that government aid to the poor does more harm than good as vice versa.”
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