Week 8 political science discussion

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)
  • PEW Quiz

Initial Post Instructions
You have already taken the quiz as part of the lesson this week; now, tell the class about your results and what they mean. What is your ideological placement? Then, analyze why you believe the results or do not believe the results. Do these results reflect your voting record? Use evidence (cite sources) to support your response from assigned readings or online lessons, and at least one outside scholarly source.

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source, which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up)
  • Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside scholarly source)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references


Understanding Your Beliefs

Political party symbols

Throughout this course, we have discussed the importance of informed participation. When looking at the media, we saw how public opinion is sometimes swayed. In order to participate, you must be informed. We have looked at political socialization and the agents of socialization, but how can we understand our beliefs and how they influence our own political decisions. The first question to ask is what are my beliefs and opinions? Let’s go beyond the stereotype of liberal or conservative… or Republican or Democrat.

Our beliefs are more complicated than one word.

In order to help you understand your ideology, let’s take a trip through the internet. Please visit the Pew Research Center and take the quiz. Click on this link and then click on next:


Please copy your results into a Word document for further discussion. Your results will be used later in the lesson.

About the Political Typology Quiz

No political ideology quiz is perfect. We chose this quiz because it is conduced by a highly regarded research center active in political science work. PEW does not take a political stand on any issues, but presents the data as it recorded with relevant analysis.


The PEW Research Center is a non partisan think tank that does research in major areas of political science. The PEW Political Typology quiz is a long term project that sorts participants into eight groupings of the political ideology spectrum. Participants are grouped by their attitudes and values, not partisan labels. No personally identifiable information is collected. Visit the PEW website to learn more: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/10/24/understanding-pew-research-centers-political-typology/. Pew collects data and writes a report on its findings frequently to gage the nation’s opinions. Go to the PEW website and compare your results to the latest report. What did you find interesting?


Megaphone with words “You Have A Voice” coming out of it

We ended this course taking the PEW Research Center test that explained where you fall on the political spectrum. Although this course was not all-inclusive, it gives you a good understanding of political science. Throughout this course, we discussed the importance of studying political science in our lives, political ideology and theory, what is means to be a representative democracy, how other countries have developed their democracies, how governments are operated, and domestic/foreign affairs. Now that you have a better understanding of your positions, you can research issues that are important to you and participate in the political process!


Pew Research Center. (2017). Pew Research political typology quiz. Retrieved from (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/10/24/understanding-pew-research-centers-political-typology/on November 24, 2019.

answer 1:

According to the quiz, I am a devout and Diverse personality. Very conservative when it comes to politics and government issues. I usually like to see everyone win keeping in mind that everyone is treated fairly. I generally don’t speak out on religious, and government demands, but when faced with the opportunity I can be very persuasive. “Devout and Diverse are defined, in part, by their faith: Most say that it is necessary to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values .Disaffected Democrats, they are critical of government regulation of business. They also are the most religiously observant Democratic-leaning group, and the only one in which a majority (64%) says it is necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values.” (PEW Research Center, 2017).  

I do believe that in whatever you believe in, some higher power instilled a believe, morals and values. I believe the Bible has a value of discipline, love, equality, Justice, and forgiveness. We all want to believe the government could do that for us, but it’s an imperfect system and politics involve making decisions that are not equally considered at times, but in general does have the safety and interest of people. “Some scholars propose that democracy can hamper economic development because of the need to appease multiple audiences. If the goal of legislators is to be reelected, then they must listen to and satisfy the concerns of interest groups and voters” (Cobb, 2020).

answer 2: 

Hi Everyone, 

According to my PEW to typology quiz results, I am a solid liberal. Liberalism as an ideology developed out of the Enlightenment period—the same moment when Locke and Hobbes debated the rationales of government and natural rights (Cobb, 2019). My results indicated that I hold consistently liberal values such as, taking on a positive view of immigrants as well as believing that more work needs to be done to address racial discrimination. I also believe that more needs to be done to address obstacles to women’s achievement, and supporting same sex marriage (Pew Research Center, 2020). I have actually taken a quiz a few years ago very similar to this one and I received the same results. although, a part of me believe that i was become a bit more democratic thus, i never thought id be placed in this category for some reason. On the other hand, I can honestly say that i agree and believe believe these results to be accurate because I have been told many times that I was more of a liberal than a conservative; although, i never thought about it to too much because it never really concerned me on where my views fell on the spectrum. I think these results are accurate. Modern liberal ideology espouses the belief that government can and should be used to enforce the equality and liberty of all people, including racial and gender equality. They also believe that government can be more broadly used to better the overall condition of society (Cobb, 2019).  I am open to learn about other cultures and tend to surround myself with people of different ethnicities. Republicanviews.org mentions that Democrats tend to lean more towards pro-life choice while Republicans do not support this action. Over 60% of Democrats say people are poor because of our economic system being unfair but only 17% of Republicans think that way. I don’t get myself involved a lot in politics but I decided to vote in this year’s election and yes, my results on this quiz were aligned with whom I voted for. Not many Americans are involved in understanding of politics but it’s pertinent that we include ourselves more and comprehend where we stand. If we aren’t grounded in our beliefs, we are easily swayed left or right. 

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