Political Positions on the Spectrum Explained in Plain English

 

LIBERTARIAN

A libertarian supports…

  • maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters
  • a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence
  • individual responsibility
  • private charity
  • diverse lifestyles
  • the free market
  • defending civil liberties
  • abortion rights
  • same-sex marriage
  • sanctuary cities
  • Edward Snowden
  • fracking
  • clean alternative energy
  • oil drilling
  • felony voting rights

A libertarian opposes…

  • government bureaucracy
  • excessive taxation
  • Planned Parenthood funding
  • death penalty
  • Obamacare
  • drug price regulation
  • minimum wage
  • welfare
  • corporate tax
  • estate tax
  • border wall
  • Common Core
  • Syrian refugee immigration ban
  • military spending
  • torture techniques (such as waterboarding)
  • NSA surveillance
  • gun control
  • public campaign finance
  • War on Drugs
  • USA Patriot Act
  • Affirmative Action
  • Mandatory vaccinations
  • GMO labels
  • climate change regulations

 

REPUBLICAN

A republican supports…

  • free market capitalism
  • free enterprise
  • business
  • a strong national defense
  • deregulation
  • restrictions on labor unions
  • social-conservative policies
  • traditional values (usually Christian in foundation)
  • War on Drugs
  • school choice
  • individual achievement
  • fracking
  • death penalty
  • border wall
  • Syrian refugee immigration ban
  • military spending
  • torture techniques (such as waterboarding)
  • NSA surveillance
  • USA Patriot Act
  • oil drilling

A republican opposes…

  • immigration amnesty
  • abortion rights
  • Planned Parenthood
  • drugs
  • Obamacare
  • Common Core
  • gun control
  • minimum wage
  • estate tax
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • global warming/climate change regulations
  • same-sex marriage
  • drug price regulation
  • welfare
  • corporate tax
  • sanctuary cities
  • public campaign finance
  • Edward Snowden
  • affirmative action
  • mandatory vaccinations
  • GMO labels
  • felony voting rights

 

POPULIST

A populist supports…

  • death penalty
  • obamacare
  • drug price regulation
  • minimum wage
  • welfare
  • corporate tax
  • estate tax
  • border wall
  • Common Core
  • Syrian refugee immigration ban
  • military spending
  • torture techniques (such as waterboarding)
  • NSA surveillance
  • gun control
  • public campaign finance
  • War on Drugs
  • USA Patriot Act
  • affirmative action
  • mandatory vaccinations
  • GMO labels
  • climate change regulations
  • clean alternative energy

A populist opposes…

  • abortion rights
  • same-sex marriage
  • planned parenthood funding
  • sanctuary cities
  • Edward Snowden
  • fracking
  • oil drilling
  • felony voting rights

 

 

DEMOCRAT

A democrat supports…

  • protection of social programs
  • consumer protection programs
  • workplace safety regulations
  • equal opportunity and racial equality
  • regulation against pollution in the environment
  • clean alternative energy
  • scientific consensus on climate change
  • cap-and-trade policies
  • abortion rights
  • same-sex marriage
  • Planned Parenthood funding
  • Obamacare
  • drug price regulation
  • minimum wage
  • welfare
  • corporate tax
  • estate tax
  • sanctuary cities
  • Common Core
  • gun control
  • public campaign finance
  • Edward Snowden
  • affirmative action
  • mandatory vaccinations
  • GMO labels
  • felony voting rights

A democrat opposes…

  • death penalty
  • border wall
  • Syrian refugee immigration ban
  • military spending
  • torture (such as waterboarding)
  • NSA surveillance
  • War on Drugs
  • USA Patriot Act
  • fracking
  • oil drilling

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