One in ten tune politics out
July 7th, 2014
09:34 AM ET
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One in ten tune politics out

Washington (CNN) –– The midterm elections are just four months away, but a national poll indicates that one out of ten Americans apparently could care less.

According to the Pew Research Center's Political Typology report, 10% of the public isn't registered to vote, doesn't follow government or public affairs, and doesn't contribute to political parties.

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The survey asked Americans about a wide range of political values and categorize them into eight groups, with the 10% who are politically disengaged labeled "the Bystanders."

So who are they?

"Bystanders are young (38% are under 30), and nearly a third (32%) are Hispanic. A third of Bystanders are foreign born, a higher share than any of the other typology groups, including 29% total who are not citizens," said a release by the Pew Research Center.

Only four in ten know who controls Congress

The research on the Bystanders, released Monday, also indicates they have a more favorable view of the Democratic Party than the GOP, and have a mix of conservative and liberal attitudes.

Understandably, they don't have interest in government or politics, or in business and finance. But nearly two-thirds said they are interested in celebrities and entertainment.

The Pew Research Center poll was conducted January 23-March 16, with 10,013 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    No doubt everyone should vote- but their impact on our politics is far less than the real problems. Besides- the Right is working hard to disenfranchise the poor, the minority and the female voter. Why sweat this?
    I've been trying out a new trick today that I learned from tom. I think I've nailed it.

    July 7, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    @ Much blunder...little brain

    "After Obama most just gave's so terrible all you can do is take care of your own family you have no control of the idiots running this country"

    Blah, blah, blah... yeah, Obama is terrible. It is Obama's fault. Everything is Obama's fault. If we would have only elected romney, then we could control the idiots running the country?
    No... we would have had another president with the Sheriff of Nottingham policies of robbing from the poor to give to the rich. Another ultra-rich, out of touch, bought and paid for by the koch's, puppet of a president who would strive to complete the path to serfdom plan for the American people.
    No thanks.....

    July 7, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. ken

    That should be "couldn't care less".

    did you go to school?

    July 7, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. BBMad

    Why does it matter who you vote for anyway? They are all going to sellout to big donors as soon as they get elected. It's no longer " a government for the people", it's a government for the highest bidder...

    July 7, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. smith

    No surprise with this poll. Freedom, plain and simple. It doesn`t help that you have to sift through all the fodder that is out there nowadays.

    July 7, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    It's that over caffinated 90% that's screwing it up for the rest of us. They're stimulated in one way shape or form whether it be coffee, tea, drugs or mind numbing news bombardment. Oh, and don't forget the religious zealots. Wouldn't want to put these radicals up in arms. If they don't get their moment in the spotlight all hell might break loose.

    July 7, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. 2_indy1600

    To avoid the group-think that will continue to destoy this country, maybe we should engage only with an electorate that hits an age requirement. I know I didn't know enough to participate with any scrutiny until I saw both a corrupt demoractic and republican hold the highest office. But you know what? There are certain faces that keep appearing on the corruption stage....lilke Holder's.

    July 7, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC


    No surprise with this poll. Freedom, plain and simple. It doesn't help that you have to sift through all the fodder that is out there nowadays.
    "Freedom, plain and simple."? I've tried my best, but that does not compute. I'm beginning to see that the distances between the dots tends to grow the further away from the center that one goes. "Fodder"? You're talking in coded language again, smith. People outside of the fringe just don't understand that stuff.

    July 7, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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