President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at the David Mack Center at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on October 16, 2012.

Your Politics Are Showing: Pew Study Sorts Americans Into 8 Groups

Take a 23 question quiz and Pew can predict basically everything about your life.

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at the David Mack Center at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on October 16, 2012.

American politics is more complex than Democrats versus Republicans, the Pew Research Center says.

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Are you a Solid Liberal? Perhaps you're a Business Conservative or a Young Outsider.

The Pew Research Center has released its sixth Political Typology Survey, which aims to categorize the political landscape beyond red and blue.

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To create the study, Pew surveyed more than 10,000 adults in the United States. Pew used cluster analysis to sort people into groups based on answers to questions about politics, lifestyle and values. Since the groups don't rely on simple party lines, Pew was able to tease out the differences between groups other than those already committed to the Republican or Democratic Party. Although many think of the political center as one homogeneous group that lands between Democratic and Republican views on key issues, the survey found the center consists of several groups that don't agree with either party and don't agree with each other.

Take the quiz to find out which group you fit with.

The groups are:

Steadfast Conservative:
Republican, angry with the federal government, lowest support for legal abortion and same-sex marriage, committed voters. Mostly older, white and male. Half attend church regularly. Half have a gun.

Business Conservative: Affluent, college graduates who live in the suburbs and invest in the stock market. Favor small government and support business. Less socially conservative than Steadfast Conservative and unlike Steadfast, have positive view of U.S. involvement and immigrants.

Young Outsiders: Dislike both parties. Favor small government and hold liberal views on social issues and support for the environment. Young, both genders and largely nonreligious. The only new group in the political landscape.

Hard-Pressed Skeptics: Lowest family income with less education than other groups. Uninterested in politics. Less than 1/4 know which parties control the House and Senate.

Next Generation Left: Liberal on social issues, the environment and foreign policy, but skeptical of expanding the social safety net. Not critical of the government. Value racial and ethnic diversity.

Faith and Family: Highest share of African- Americans, Hispanics and immigrants. Support larger government and social programs but hold conservative values on social issues such as same-sex marriage and legalizing marijuana. Very religious.

Solid Liberals: Take liberal positions on almost all issues. Optimistic about country's future. Believe in diplomacy over military strength. Highly educated, urban and majority women.

Changes over time
Much has changed since Pew's first survey of this type in 1987. That year, Pew sorted the population into 11 groups.

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Enterprise Republicans and Moral Republicans formed the base of the Republican Party, much like this year's Business Conservatives and Steadfast Conservatives. The two 1987 groups both said Ronald Reagan was their hero, but disagreed on many of the key issues of the day. 

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Enterprise Republicans were pro-business and anti-government. They were concerned about the budget deficit, disapproved of tax increases and increased spending on health care and aid programs to the poor or elderly, but held views on social issues that Pew characterized as a "surprise" at the time. Enterprise Republicans opposed more restrictions on abortion and opposed quarantine for AIDS patients. In contrast, Moral Republicans were anti-abortion and favored quarantines. Moral Republicans were mostly white Southerners from the suburbs, who were pro-school prayer, strongly anti-communist and "favor[ed] social spending except when it [was] targeted to minorities."

The bedrock for the Democratic Party was divided into the '60s Democrats, the New Deal Democrats, the Passive Poor and the Partisan Poor. Pew prophesied the New Deal Democrats , or "traditional Democrats" leftover from the New Deal Coalition , would die out without replacements. The '60s Democrats were well-educated, married women with children who had a "strong commitment to social justice and a low militancy level." They favored social spending, felt that the U.S. was too suspicious of the Soviet Union and supported the civil rights and environmental movements. The New Deal Democrats resembled the Moral Republicans on social issues. They were "blue-collar, union members" who were heavy television watchers, especially with soap operas, religious programming and game shows.

This group is now being replaced with the Next Generation Left, who are also economically conservative but are more liberal than the New Deal Democrats on social issues. The Passive Poor had "a strong faith in America and [was] uncritical of its institutions and leadership." They favored social spending and were the most supportive of tax issues. The Partisan Poor was the most Democratic group. They favored social spending, the death penalty and the school prayer amendment, but were against tax increases. Theses groups show the same divide as the modern-day separation between Faith and Family Left and Next Generation Left/ Solid Liberals regarding social issues. Just like the Faith and Family group, the Partisan Poor and Passive Poor were highly religious and had more conservative attitudes on abortion and other social issues.

The other groups were the Upbeats, the Disaffected, the Bystanders, the Followers and the Seculars. The Upbeats listened to rock 'n' roll and believed strongly in America. They were young, optimistic and mostly Republican. The Disaffected had the highest number of hunters and was skeptical of big government and big business. This group corresponds to the current group of Hard-Pressed Skeptics. Both are financially stressed and support programs for those facing economic hardship.

The Bystanders, were under 30, liked going to discos and largely didn't care who was elected president in 1988. The Followers had little faith in America and were in the center on most issues. They were strong supporters of Ted Kennedy. The Seculars were nonreligious, frequently attended the ballet and theater and were against "Star Wars," school prayer, restrictions on abortion and relaxing environmental controls.

Find out more on life in 1987 in Pew's official report.