We’ve touched on political party differences in past discussions, but a study by CivicScience takes that to a whole new level. After surveying 191,144 Americans over the course of the last six months, CivicScience says its list of 255 questions is an accurate predictor of whether someone will vote for Romney or Obama. Here are the questions that relate to sportsmen’s issues, plus what your answers may indicate about you.
#6 Energy Policy- While debates about Obama’s economic and health care policies have dominated his first term, that doesn’t mean that voters are any less divided on matters pertaining to energy. 76% of Romney supporters feel that solar energy should not be subsidized by the government (#13). Just as many Obama supporters feel the opposite. For more traditional forms of energy, Obama supporters feel that the economic benefits of coal energy do not outweigh its adverse environmental impact (#36), and that taxes should be raised on the oil and natural gas industry (#47). Romney supporters? Not so much.
#10 Gun Control- Obama supporters love guns. Romney supporters don’t. (Okay, it’s the opposite – just keeping you on your toes.)
#21 Sports and Country- We can safely assume that a big NASCAR fan is going to support Romney. Same holds true if they like to hunt or fish, or listen to country music.
Also interestingly, people who have blue eyes or own dogs are more likely to vote Romney, while someone who drives a General Motors, Mini or Fiat vehicle is probably in the Obama camp.
CivicScience’s survey meets what statisticians call “statistical significance”–in other words, how you answer the survey truly predicts how you’re likely to vote, even if you’d prefer to keep it a secret. However, we wonder if this survey would’ve been applicable, say, 20 years ago. As a whole, American voters have arguably never fallen into more easily defined political camps. According to the National Journal, just 15 years ago, more than half of House members were centrists. But now, nearly all have been voted out by a war on moderates resulting from our vast political divide. Few Blue Dog Democrats and so-called “RINO” Republicans have survived. Political analysts say the parties have been pushed toward opposite ends of the spectrum. And, if a party has drifted from the center, wouldn’t that make it easier to predict its supporters?