flenser said the Democratic Party owes its existence to self-described “non-conformists” and “independents” who love the government. That seemed like something I could examine in the GSS. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any variables for describing yourself as such, but WRKINDP asked about the importance of independent work in a job (turn in your creative class badge if you don’t think it’s important). I compared it to PARTYID, excluding “OTHER”:

Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:
-Column percent
WRKINDP
1
VERY IMPT
2
IMPT
3
NEITHER
4
NOT IMPT
5
NOT IMPT AT ALL
ROW
TOTAL
PARTYID 0: STRONG DEMOCRAT 16.0 13.3 11.3 21.0 26.7 14.2
1: NOT STR DEMOCRAT 16.5 20.1 19.2 19.5 13.2 18.8
2: IND,NEAR DEM 13.1 11.0 8.4 7.9 3.8 11.0
3: INDEPENDENT 19.7 16.7 23.9 16.0 30.8 19.0
4: IND,NEAR REP 8.7 8.7 7.7 8.4 3.8 8.5
5: NOT STR REPUBLICAN 15.3 18.5 20.0 18.2 10.9 17.8
6: STRONG REPUBLICAN 10.6 11.7 9.6 9.0 10.8 10.8
COL TOTAL 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Means 2.77 2.90 2.96 2.62 2.48 2.85
Std Devs 1.96 1.99 1.90 2.06 2.08 1.97
Unweighted N 1,233 1,875 694 186 24 4,012

The ratio of independents who lean Dem to independents who lean Rep is about 1.3. The ratio of those with a strong party identification of Dem vs Rep is also about 1.3, but the former is rounded up while this is rounded down. So the greater affiliation of the Democratic party among political independents seems to be due to an overall advantage in Dem identification.

I can repeat it for POLVIEWS:

Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:
-Column percent
WRKINDP
1
VERY IMPT
2
IMPT
3
NEITHER
4
NOT IMPT
5
NOT IMPT AT ALL
ROW
TOTAL
POLVIEWS 1: EXTREMELY LIBERAL 4.5 1.7 1.9 2.4 1.9 2.6
2: LIBERAL 14.2 11.1 11.5 13.8 14.9 12.3
3: SLIGHTLY LIBERAL 13.6 12.1 11.4 13.8 13.0 12.5
4: MODERATE 36.5 38.9 43.0 38.8 41.0 38.9
5: SLGHTLY CONSERVATIVE 14.2 17.6 16.9 12.2 8.7 16.2
6: CONSERVATIVE 14.1 15.3 13.3 14.6 9.8 14.5
7: EXTRMLY CONSERVATIVE 2.7 3.4 2.0 4.4 10.7 3.0
COL TOTAL 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Means 3.95 4.19 4.09 4.06 4.12 4.09
Std Devs 1.44 1.33 1.27 1.42 1.56 1.36
Unweighted N 1,199 1,818 674 167 24 3,882

This seems to have much stronger association.

But when I entered all three variables in for a matrix of correlations, the results were underwhelming.

Correlation Matrix
PARTYID(0-6) POLVIEWS(0-7) WRKINDP
PARTYID(0-6) 1.00 .36 .02
POLVIEWS(0-7) .36 1.00 .03
WRKINDP .02 .03 1.00

In the above I did not discuss love of the government. I recommend that others check out the GSS and play around with variables like CUTSPDFG (cut government spending), CONGOVT (confidence in government departments) and CORRUPT2 (opinion of corruption by government administrators).

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