Liberals Walk, Conservatives Drive
NWMLS, KIRKLAND, WA, July 3, 2014. Conservatives would rather live in large houses in small towns and rural areas, but liberals prefer smaller houses and walkable communities in cities. That conclusion was revealed in a recent Pew Research Center study on political polarization.
Liberals prefer to live among a mix of different races and ethnicities, while conservatives favor having neighbors of the same religious faith. Researchers also reported "sizable minorities" of both groups who said they would be dismayed if someone from the "other side" were to marry into their family.
Fully half of people with consistently conservative views and 35 percent of ardent liberals say it's important to live in a place where most people share their political views. Some researchers have even found evidence that such preferences factor into where Americans decide to move.
Researchers also found stark differences when valuing amenities. Nearly three-fourths of consistent liberals (73 percent) said being near art museums and theaters was important; only 23 percent of consistent conservatives rated such amenities as important.
Pew's analysts found that Democrats and Republicans are ideologically further apart than at any point in recent history, with growing numbers of both parties admitting to highly negative views of the other party.
Surveyors polled more than 10,000 adults between January and March, making the "Political Polarization" study the firm's largest political survey in its history.
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